Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:06 AM

At the Gate - Saturday

We have five stakes on the card at Gulfstream Park this afternoon and all are included in my Best Plays Report for Saturday.

Among those is the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, which we talked about yesterday and my analysis is down below.

The stakes action kicks off with the $75,000 Limehouse for three-year-olds that have never won a stake. It is the smallest field among the stakes with just six going to the post led by 5-2 morning line Piven, who makes his first start on dirt.

The $75,000 Glitter Woman is for three-year-old fillies which have not won a stake. Nine go to the post in the six-furlong sprint.

Cicatrix was an impressive maiden winner in her debut for trainer Ian Wilkes who rarely wins with first time starters so this filly may have a promising future.

The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy drew nine three-year-old that will go 7 ½ furlongs on turf. The Mark Casse trained Flameaway is the 2-1 morning line favorite.

The $100,000 Ginger Brew is for the three-year-old fillies at the same distance. It is a wide-open race that drew a field of 10.

The Mucho Macho Man drew a couple of very promising three-year-olds that are hoping to jump onto the Derby trail. Dak Attack, winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile last August is being touted as a talented runner from the Dale Romans barn.

His main foe will be the Chad Brown trained Mask, a good looking maiden winner in his debut in New York.

My Best Plays Report for Saturday includes my eight strongest plays from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita including all the stakes action.

Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Gulfstream Park:

GP Race 10 The Mucho Macho Man (4:37 ET)
#6 Mask 2-1
#3 Dak Attack 9-5
#4 Bal Harbour 9-2
#8 Whereshetoldmetogo 6-1

Analysis: Mask was a smart looking maiden winner in his debut for the Chad Brown barn going 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park in October. The runner up and fifth place finisher came out of the race to graduate in their next starts. He has worked sharply at Palm Meadows and looks ready for his stakes debut. He has a nice pedigree, the $685,000 Keeneland purchase is by Tapit out of the stakes winner Hidden Expression ($64,325).

Dak Attack broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in his debut last June and then won the Ellis Park Juvenile with a good late rally going seven furlongs in August. he really did not beat that much but Romans is really high on this colt and he has been working sharply for his return. The barn is 17% winners with runners coming back off a 61-180 day layoff. he was a $625,000 Keeneland purchase, by Ghostzapper out of the stakes winner Indian Spell ($75,775).

Bal Harbour has won back to back stakes at a mile. He won the two turn Sapling at Monmouth Park and last out off a three month break he won the Smooth Air here in the slop at a one turn mile. He is getting better with each start and just needs to get some pace in front of him here and he will come calling late.

WIN: #6 to win at 2-1 or better.
EX: 3,6 / 3,4,6,8
TRI: 3,6 / 3,4,6,8 / 3,4,5,6,8

Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Santa Anita:

SA Race 5 The Sham G3 (2:30 PT)
#6 McKinzie 3-5
#1 My Boy Jack 12-1
#5 Shivermetimbers 7-2
#4 Mourinho 4-1

Analysis: McKinzie takes the blinkers off after checking in second in the Los Al Futurity (G1) and getting placed first thanks to a DQ of his stablemate Solomini. The Baffert trainee broke his maiden in impressive style over the main track here two back at seven furlongs. The $170,000 Keeneland purchase is out of the stakes winner Runway Model ($725,598). The colt still seems a bit on the green side but with the hood taken off and two races under his belt we may see him move forward which would make him very tough to beat in this spot.

My Boy Jack makes his first start since running seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) where he was beaten just three lengths. He won the Zuma Beach two back on turf here and makes his first start on dirt since his debut. That came here at six furlongs and he was not a threat in a sixth-place finish. Pedigree wise he should appreciate dirt, by Creative Cause out of a Mineshaft mare. Decent works over the main track here and he should be a decent price.

Shivermetimbers was a game winner by a head last out in his third career start. The runner up Peace came back to graduate in his next start bit earned just a 76 Beyer. Two back he was no match for our top pick in the maiden ranks, checking in third and 6 1/4 lengths back of the winner.

WIN: #6 to win at 4-5 or better.
EX: 1,6 / 1,4,5,6
TRI: 1,6 / 1,4,5,6 / 1,3,4,5,6

Good luck today!

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