How to bet the 2024 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes

February 9th, 2024

A well-matched field of seven turf sprinters will travel five grassy panels in Saturday’s $125,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. The deep field promises to offer a rapid early tempo, and my top pick will benefit from the fast pace and run them down in the stretch. 

Turf Sprint Wagers

  • $25 win #4 Panther Island ($25)
  • $10 exacta box 4-7 ($20)
  • $1 trifecta 4 with 1,7 with all ($10)

#4 Panther Island came off the long absence to post a pair of nice wins in succession leading up to this event, and I will ride the hot horse who could peak in a third effort off the shelf. Claimed in January of 2023 by conditioner Laura Cazares, the son of Speightstown dons a 4-2-1-0 mark on this lawn led by a victory in the Janus S. here last time out. The dark bay five-year-old exploded late in between runners in his latest performance, and he blitzed four furlongs in a scorching :44 and change to prepare for this endeavor, as well. I expect the Kentucky bred to lay close early and to move to the fore near midstretch under the guidance of Leo Reyes. 

Brian Lynch’s #7 Carotari was a sharp second in the tilt last campaign and is a top-three must use from the outside post slot. The Artie Schiller eight-year-old has a lot of back class to him, and he came in second behind a very sharp allowance winner most recently in what might be a fine prep run for Saturday. The Kentucky-bred bay smoked a bullet five-eighths leading up to his second run off the bench, and he retains the services of Irad Ortiz, Jr. too. 

#1 Heaven Street has not shown much in his last pair of races to date, but the Mike Maker trainee is much better than he has displayed leading up to this outing. By Street Sense, the $210,000 purchase has won or placed in 10 of his 15 lifetime runs on the turf and has posted a trio of very good morning drills in preparation for his second try off of the short layoff. The dark bay Kentucky bred will be forwardly placed while saving ground on the inside with Luis Saez in the stirrups.