Excellent Betting Opportunities in Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale

Excellent Betting Opportunities in Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale

Category : News - Fri 09/01/2015 - 18:13 EST

The Grade 2 $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes is the third and featured stakes event of the afternoon January 10 at Gulfstream Park with a field of thirteen set to contest the mile and one sixteenth event on the turf.

Hard-knocking veteran Za Approval is the 5/2 favorite after finishing a game second last out in the Grade 2 Seabiscuit November 28 at Del Mar.  Za Approval, a multiple graded stakes winner, has banked over $1.2 million in his career with notable runner-up finishes in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile and 2013 Woodbine Mile, running behind champion Wise Dan in both.  The seven year-old gelding has won 7 of 28 starts with 7 second place finishes and one third.  Za Approval will be making his first start for trainer Mark Casse after racing exclusively out of the Christophe Clement barn.  Joel Rosario has the mount breaking from post number 11. 

Pletcher runner should be rolling late

Mshawish (4/1) has won two of his last three starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, and acquitted himself nicely over the Gulfstream turf last out winning the $100,000 El Prado Stakes by two lengths.  Javier Castellano was aboard for that start and returns to ride the five year-old son of Medaglia d’ Oro for the third consecutive time.  Mshawish has good closing speed and will benefit from a fast pace.

Lochte a horse for course  

When running over the Gulfstream Park turf, Lochte (6/1) can never be counted out.  The Marcus Vitali trainee has recorded all of his four career wins over the local grass in just five starts.  Lochte ran fourth last out in the Tropical Turf Handicap.

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