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Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for April 22-26

By Dave Tuley  ( senior reporter) 

April 22, 2020 01:19 AM

(Editor's Note: This file now updated with 2 plays from Ed Sehon and the scratch of one of Duane Colucci's picks)

This is our sixth installment of “Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes” for the week of April 22-26 as me and my stable of handicapping friends try to find value at the horseracing tracks that are still running during the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday had its ups and downs. I lost my sole value play (I saved money as my other play scratched) while Duane Colucci and Ed Sehon both had a winner along with a loser (recaps at the end of the column).

On Sunday, our crew has 4 plays after we added 2 by Ed Sehon on Sunday morning and then Duane Colucci had one declared out in the early changes Sunday. Good luck, and stay safe.


Gulfstream Race No. 6 (3:23 p.m. ET/12:23 p.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes #7 Azrael (7/2 morning line). “No top trainer knows when to move a horse from dirt to turf better than conditioner Chad Brown, witness Azrael’s maiden-winning effort on March 27. After posting several sharp works since, this 4-year-old colt is poised to score again vs. 10 rivals in this competitive turf mile. Luis Saez retains the mount. Wager: Win & Place.”

Gulfstream Race No. 8 (4:25 p.m. ET/1:25 p.m. PT)

Ed Sehon likes #8 Feeling Funny (3/1 morning line). “This underachieving $875,000 daughter of Triple Crown sire American Pharoah and Funny Feeling makes her third lifetime start vs. eight others in this seven-furlong sprint. Leading jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrated his return to racing on Saturday with four victories and is named to ride by trainer Mark Casse. Half-mile bullet work on April 18 seals the deal. Wager: Win.”

Tampa Bay Downs Race No. 9 (4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT)

Dave Tuley likes #3 Smoky Blues (20/1 morning line). This is a five and a half furlong sprint for cheap $5,000 claimers. Smoky Blues fits right in as he’s shown speed against better, and the last time he ran at this $5,000 level he pulled an upset at 40/1. Hopefully history repeats itself.

Oaklawn Race No. 9 (6:09 p.m. ET/3:09 p.m. PT)

Duane Colucci likes #1 Wasabi Girl (15/1 morning line). “This Steven Asmussen filly is battled-tested, holding her own in stakes company her last three starts. Will have to make up 4-plus lengths on Edgeway, who will be odds-on. However, third off the layoff pattern for Wasabi Girl and hot jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. can get it at a price.”

Oaklawn Race No. 10 (6:38 p.m. ET/3:38 p.m. PT)

Duane Colucci liked #13 Wishful Thinking (12/1 morning line)...SCRATCHED...didn't make it in from also-eligible list.


Recap of prior day’s picks


Tampa Bay No. 5

Dave Tuley liked #6 Andrew the Bull (30/1 morning line) but he was SCRATCHED early Saturday . . . as we always say, “They never scratch a winner,” so we were able to invest our money elsewhere.

Gulfstream Race No. 9

Dave Tuley liked #6 Siros (12/1 morning line)…went off 21/1 in Unbridled Stakes…sat back early as expected but then rushed up to vie for lead before fading to finish last (there’s no guarantee she would have finished better, but I wish jockey Emisael Jaramillo had let her relax more early and waited to make her run in the stretch).

Gulfstream Race No. 10

Ed Sehon liked #4 Stock Trade (7/2 morning line)…went off as 5/2 favorite…raced off the pace as expected with ground-saving trip, but never posed a threat, finishing 7th of 8 by more than 15 lengths.

Gulfstream Race No. 11

Ed Sehon liked #5 Global Campaign (6/1 morning line)…went off as 5/2 second choice…also sat off the pace as expected, but made wide move around final turn and rallied to win by 1.5 lengths, paying $7.60 to Win and $4.40 to Place.

Oaklawn Race No. 8

Duane Colucci liked #4 Sneaking Out (7/2 morning line)…went off as 3/2 favorite…pressed early pace and actually dropped to third place before re-rallying to get up to win by a neck, paying $5 to Win and $3.20 to Place.

Oaklawn Race No. 10

Duane Colucci liked #3 Sunny Dale (6/1 morning line)…went off 9/1…sat just off the pace but couldn’t keep up and slowly faded, finishing 6th of 9.

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