Gulfstream Park analyst and paddock reporter Acacia Courtney answers some questions about horses, ballet, pageants, and the Florida Derby.
Race 3 Selections: 1-4-5 While I recognize that others in here have more class, my favorite angle in racing is the horse for course angle. And #1 Dubini is undefeated, both on this turf course and at this distance. The horse just finds ways to win and hasn't been beaten yet. Inside draw should be favorable. #4 … Continue reading Monmouth Park: August 19, 2017, By Brian Leckie
Race 1 Selections: 7-6-2 #7 Trevino finished in front of Valentino's Day last time but was disqualified for drifting out in the stretch. Valentino's Day returned to finish third in a claiming race yesterday at Monmouth, getting bet down to 3/2 and holding his own while being pressured on the lead before giving in after … Continue reading Monmouth Park: August 13, 2017, By Brian Leckie
Race 3 Selections: 3-2-6 Jorge Navarro's #3 Cavity is on a three race win streak and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. #2 Picozza is peculiar. Three straight starts on the dirt following a claim have produced 10+ length losses in each. Juan Serey has been very selective in how he's spotted his horses at this … Continue reading Monmouth Park: August 12, 2017, By Brian Leckie
OFF THE TURF TODAY. Sloppy tracks can be very tricky to play and the track condition may change as the day progresses. I'll do my best to provide updates based on how I see the track is playing. Race 1 #3 Kentucky Road loves an off track and has run well on the dirt and … Continue reading Monmouth Park: August 5, 2017, By Brian Leckie
Race 1 Selections: 1-3-5 Was sitting next to Bill (@ThruTheBridle) at Delaware last Saturday and #1 Runaway Train was his best bet of the day. Jockey Alberto Jiminez never sent his horse to the lead, which ruined any chances of winning the race. This horse wheels back in eight days, along with a jockey change … Continue reading Monmouth Park: July 23, 2017, By Brian Leckie
Race 2 Selections: 1-6 This seems like a very easy spot for #1 Exclusive Package dropping down from maiden special weights into this $16,000 maiden claimer. His late pace figures tower over this field, and he should win at a short price. I'll take a shot underneath with #6 Arctic Schiller, who has speed and … Continue reading Monmouth Park: July 22, 2017, By Brian Leckie