Tracking trends in early days of Florida meet

Jan 9, 2001 7:09 AM

After watching and studying, and watching and studying some more all 63 races run so far, I’ve extracted some interesting information that might could prove to be profitable. Here they are but keep them under your hat:

*As in the past here at Gulfstream, speed has been golden at six furlongs with 75% of the horses.

*There has not been any noticeable speed bias at seven furlongs. Post positions 5-10 have been best.

*There have been two races run at the "odd" distance of 6-1/2 furlongs with both 000

*On route races run on the dirt, 80% of the winners came from posts 1-4.

*In seven turf races run with the temporary rail up, five winners came from posts 1-4.

*When the temporary rail is down, the outside posts had no noticeable disadvantage.

Horses to Watch

Chancery Lane was bet down to 5/2 after a 10-1/2 month layoff only to break slowly. Could fire next time out.

Roaringmarialouise had no place in a $35K allowance at a mile on the sod.

Point Storm was checked leaving the backstretch under Pat Day and lost all chance.

Bay Street Gal did not get the lead as she was supposed to under Charlene.

Late Extra was over extended to get the lead from the outside into that short run.

Tip Toe also had nothing left after that rush to get the lead from post nine.

Bedazzle needed her last after a two month layoff. Watch this Dixieland Band filly next time out.

Gulfstream Goings

Jockey Jon Court won three races and lit up the tote board with pari-mutuels of $16, $18, and $47 …

It looks like jockey Jorge Chavez is off to a sizzling start with his mounts …

Hall-of-Fame jockey Jacinto Vasquez, who was the leading rider here in 1966, brought home a nice longshot at $47.20 to win…

Trainer Billy Turner, who saddled Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, tells that Gaviola has been trainimg well for the Orchid ‘Cap on March 10th at 1-1/2 miles with a prep planned for sometime in mid-February…

This racing week is highlighted by a match-up that sees The Skip Away; Swept Away and Bam Bam Bull facing off in The First Lady …

All of thoroughbred racing’s eyes and ears will be on The Gulfstream Park Turf Club when Santa Anita Chairman and President Frank Stronach holds an open forum on ways to improve and expand the industry …

Thoughts and prayers to "The Giant Killer," Hall-of-Famer Allen Jerkens who is ailing with a pancreas disorder.