Maiden Focus by @ThoroBredPicks (Gulfstream, March 4)

0-for-1 on Sunday, with SPOTTERS HILL running second @ 6/1 odds.

Gulfstream – Race 7

#8 BORN MEAN (9/2 ml)

Quick backstory; I have very favorable opinions of both OYSTER BOX and CANDACE O, a couple of good Motion turf fillies who had been training together last summer, both of whom appear to be solid stakes-types. I was surprised when neither filly was entered in this past weekend’s Herecomesthebride Stakes on the FOY undercard, but apparently that was because OYSTER BOX has been entered in this Saturday’s $200k Florida Oaks on the Tampa Bay Derby undercard. Turns out, the 4yo unraced maiden BORN MEAN is who Motion chose to pair with OYSTER BOX in her final prep for that race. BORN MEAN also had a pretty easy time outworking unraced barnmate MAGIC RIDE in another turf drill on Feb 12 (available for viewing on XBTV). Rider Luis Saez gets the mount here, another positive sign considering he’s won with 33% of his 18 mounts for Motion over the past year. Looks like this horse can probably run a little, and faces many in here who have had trouble winning races. Should offer good value in relation to some likely vulnerable favorites.

ThoroBredPicks record:
Win record: 26-for-101 (26% winners)
Total mutuels: $220.90 ($8.50 average win price)

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