2017 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will play host to the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes on Saturday, February 25. Horses four years old and upward will be featured when they take to Gulfstream's dirt track and dash 6 1/2 furlongs for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A short but quality field of six have been confirmed for the Gulfstream Park Handicap- race 12 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:35 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this intriguing G3 stakes.

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Mind Your Biscuits 6-5 - Robert Falcone trained colt has placed in 11 of 13 career starts - four wins, five seconds and two third place finishes. He enters off a nice win in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita December 26 which followed a respectable second after closing from last at 15-1 odds in the Breeders' Cup Sprint November 5, a second in the G3 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx September 24, a fifth in the G1 King's Bishop Stakes August 27 and a nice two race win streak - the G2 Amsterdam Stakes July 30 (his graded stakes debut) and an Allowance race at Belmont Park July 3. Before that was an OK second in the minor Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park May 30, a third in an Allowance May 7 and a maiden score at Aqueduct in April. Mind Your Biscuits has been a factor in every career start so far and has been seriously trending upward ahead of this weekend. Joel Rosario rides the morning line favorite from the outside gate 6.

Early Entry 3-1 - has nine wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 23 career starts for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday on a nice three race win streak - the minor Sunshine Millions Sprint last time out here January 21, the minor Rail Splitter Stakes here in February, 2016 and an Allowance Optional Claiming here a month before that. He posted a third and another win respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races before that to end 2015. Early Entry hit the track for just the second time in a year Saturday looking to stretch it to four straight wins. Paco Lopez has the mount on the second betting choice from gate 4.

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Unified 7-2 - lightly raced, multiple graded stakes winning James Jerkens trained colt has just four career starts with three impressive wins and a disappointing fifth place finish. Last time out was that underwhelming effort - a fifth way back on June 19 in the G3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Before that was a very nice victory in the G2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park May 14 after another win with an impressive 107 Beyer Speed Figure in the G3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct April 9 - over a pretty good field and a dominant three length score as favorite at first asking at Gulfstream in February - a race he posted a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Unified looks for a strong bounce back in his return action after eight months away, he had a bullet five-furlongs in 59.95 seconds last Saturday at Palm Meadows Training Center among eight recent breezes and he leaves from the rail with Jose Ortiz aboard.

Delta Bluesman 4-1 - Jorge Navarro trained gelding has 10 wins, 11 seconds and eight third place finishes in 48 career starts. He arrives in OK form - a second last time out to Early Entry in the minor Sunshine Millions Sprint here January 21 followed an OK third in the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes on this track January 1, a respectable fifth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint and a win in the minor Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx September 17. Before that was a fourth in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga July 30 and a nice two race win streak - both in gate-to-wire fashion - the G2 Smile Sprint Stakes by an impressive 3 3/4 lengths July 2 at Gulfstream and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Monmouth Park June 11. Delta Bluesman has placed in five of his last seven starts overall and chases his first graded stakes score in seven months (second overall) from gate 2 with Emisael Jaramillo in the reins.

Squadron A 15-1 - Dale Romans trainee has 32 career starts with four wins, seven seconds and five third place finishes. He enters this weekend off a disappointing sixth in the Gulfstream Park Handicap here February 22. Before that was a nice two race win streak - the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes January 1 and an Allowance Optional Claiming November 12 - both on this track. He also had a fifth and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance races and a seventh in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes in May. Squadron A was in career best form before a bit of a dud last time out and will try to bounce back with Corey Lanerie in the irons from post 5.

Divine Warrior 20-1 - William Bradley trained colt has four wins, a second and three third place finishes in 17 career starts. He arrives off an ugly seventh in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint here January 28, a Starter Optional Claiming score on this track December 30 and an OK third in the minor Canterbury Stakes here December 3. His only graded stakes action came in July - a fourth in the G3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park. Divine Warrior tries for his first ever stakes score and enters in so-so form. Manoel Cruz has been tabbed to ride from post 3.

2017 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 12 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:35 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Unified 7-2 Jose Ortiz James Jerkens
2 Delta Bluesman 4-1 Emisael Jaramillo Jorge Navarro
3 Divine Warrior 20-1 Manoel Cruz William Bradley
4 Early Entry 3-1 Paco Lopez Kathleen O'Connell
5 Squadron A 15-1 Corey Lanerie Dale Romans
6 Mind Your Biscuits 6-5 Joel Rosario Chad Summers

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