Gulfstream Park Pace Plays (1/30/16)

By Derek Simon

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CONQUEST DADDYO, who was a fast-closing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, is likely to be favored, but I think the value play is LIFE IMITATES ART, who tops the field with a +6 median late speed ration.

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SPINAMISS was Group III-placed in Ireland and ran a deceptively good race in her US bow. Despite settling toward the rear of the pack in a very slow-paced race (+4 ESR) at Tampa Bay Downs, Spinamiss exploded late to win, while recording a race-best +3 late speed ration. The speed rating in that optional claiming event was nothing to write home about — probably due to the soft pace — so the daughter of Lilbourne Lad should offer value despite her high-profile connections.

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Derek Simon
Derek Simon is the Senior Editor and Handicapper at US Racing.