Horse Racing Trader’s Tips: USA preview – Friday 27th March
Who is our trader looking out for in Friday’s racing?
There’s still plenty of racing action across the pond and our expert Joseph Kyne has taken a look at the pick of the bunch.
Domestic racing may be on hold in the UK but it continues behind closed doors in the USA, with seven jam-packed cards to choose from on Friday.
And we’ve taken a closer look at the action taking place at Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita.
With the Florida Derby taking place on Saturday, Gulfstream is whetting the appetite with an 11-race card, featuring several exciting races that could indicate strong form in the future.
The trainer to watch is Todd Petcher, who’s won four of the last six Florida Derbies and is the seven-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.
He resumes his partnership with dual champion jockey John Velazquez with Gimme Some Mo in the opener at 17.00, where they’ll be looking to challenge likely favourite Counterstrike.
Petcher also has two entries in the 21.12, with Money Moves and Silver Ratio, although he’ll face competition from Velazquez on Sprawl in an interesting twist.
With a strike-rate of 20% or better at this track, it’s worth keeping an eye on top jockeys Samy Camacho and Antonio Gallardo. Camacho could taste success on Parish Poet, who runs on US soil for the first time.
He struggled to make an impact when trained by Paul Cole in the UK but the promising 4-year-old is a potential improver and may fare better in the States.
Camacho rides: Sonoma Storm (17.15), Natoma (17.48), G Friday (18.19), R Sweet Exchange (19.50), Malio’s (197.55), Parish Poet (20.26)
Gallardo rides: Billysbirthdaygirl (16.45), Imaginary Friend (17.48),
I Ain’t Telling (18.19), J P’s Gia (18.50), Sudden Light (19.21), Dox Folly (19.55)
Golden Gate Fields
The jockey to watch is Juan J. Hernandez, who’s head and shoulders above the rest of the field at Golden Gate. The Mexican has seven rides for the evening and he’ll be looking to continue his impressive season, with a strike-rate of over 30% so far.
Hernandez rides: Run Like Rhett (20.15), Uber Star (21.22), Zinzan (21.53), La Guapa Velos (22.24), Willing To Burn (22.54) Friend Of Autism (23.24), Cakewalk (23.54)
It may be a little late for UK viewers but arguably the race of the evening comes from Santa Anita at 23.09. The showpiece at the California track could be worth waiting up for, with plenty of familiar silks on show.
As Time Goes By will run in the orange and blue Ballydoyle colours of Tabor, Magnier and Smith. Trained by US racing legend Bob Baffert, he’s the daughter of triple-crown winning American Pharoah and she may prove to be something special in her debut outing.
But she’ll face stiff competition from stablemate Merneith, also trained by Baffert. Another daughter of the Pharaoh, she’s enjoyed two runs so far, missing out by a nose last time out. Her experience will make her the pre-race favourite in this mouth-watering match-up.
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