Quick Picks for Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fair Grounds R4-- #3 Unknown Road (ML 3/1)
Finished a close second to Horse to Watch Coup de Grace in only start over six furlongs on the dirt at Saratoga. Coup de Grace has since boosted that form by winning an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream. By all accounts, he's been working beautifully leading up to this race. Son of Bandini out of a winning Known Fact mare is a half to Champion three-year-old filly Banshee Breeze.

Gulfstream R1-- #3 Coach Inge (ML 3/1)
Pletcher firster by Big Brown out of a Holy Bull mare. Solid works leading up to this start. Javier Castellano gets the mount.

Gulfstream R2-- #11 N. B. A. Money (ML 20/1)
First time running at Gulfstream, but enters this race off of a second place finish versus tougher (albeit on dirt). Both career wins have come at one mile on the turf, however. Definitely worth an across the board play on the distance cutback and surface switch if his odds remain double digits.

Gulfstream R3-- #3 Jasper's Posse (ML 3/1)
Canadian shipper who finally broke his maiden (14th attempt) two-back at Woodbine. He has decent enough form on the turf, drops in class, and he should relish closing into what figures to be a pretty healthy pace up front.

Gulfstream R4-- #5 House Rules (ML 8/1)
Draw a line through the most recent race for this daughter of Distorted Humor, in which she went four-wide over a sloppy track. A better trip this time out could see her having her strongest finish to date.

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