Fillies aged two will be in action in the eighth race on the card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, as the Wait A While Stakes will be staged. This race will be run over 7 ½ furlongs on the turf, and eleven horses have been officially declared to run. The race will headline the closing weekend at Gulfstream Park this season, and there are more than a few interesting runners that will go to post.

(9) Junipermarshmallow

Junipermarshmallow is the first runner of interest this weekend. The two-year-old is trained by Todd Pletcher, and she will be the runner for Irad Ortiz this weekend. She was a winner on debut back in October, as she won a maiden special weight at Keeneland.

That win came on the turf over 1 1/16 miles, but she only reached a low speed figure of 68. She is back down in distance this weekend, and that could make her a very interesting selection.

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(8) Born Dapper

Born Dapper starts in stall eight this weekend, and she is a runner of Jonathan Thomas this weekend. She has won two from five career starts this season, and will be looking for a third straight win after winning at Monmouth Park and Laurel on her previous two.

The latter of those came over a mile, as she beat Lady Azteca, who she re-opposes on Saturday. But, the speed figure recorded on that outing will need to improve if she is to play a key role this weekend.

(6) Vai Bella

I think Vai Bella may actually be one of the most interesting runners in this field this weekend. The two-year-old boasts previous Gulfstream Park experience for trainer Antonio Sano, as she broke her maiden on the fourth attempt at the track just last month.

That run scored a speed figure of 73, which means that she will likely need to improve in this talented field, but the turf could play more to her strengths than the synthetic surface has over her early career efforts.

(3) Isabel Alexandra

Isabel Alexandra is the second choice for the race this weekend, as the Irish-bred runner is yet to finish outside the top two on her two previous career starts. She broke her maiden with ease at Horseshoe Indianapolis in October, reaching a speed figure of 77. That was improved with a much better effort at Keeneland at the end of October, as she recorded a rating of 86.

She may have been beaten by Heavenly Sunday that day, but both fillies look extremely progressive, and the form looks solid for this run on Saturday.

(11) Delight

I’m a really big fan of Delight, and I still believe that there is a lot of potential there with this two-year-old. She was a fine winner at Keeneland before the Breeders’ Cup, as she landed the G2 Jessamine Stakes over 1 1/16 miles.

That was followed by a slightly more disappointing effort in the G1 Juvenile Fillies Turf, as she finished back in tenth. However, the reason that I’m not putting her up this weekend as the pick is because I believe that this distance isn’t tailored to her, and others are better placed.

Wait A While Stakes Pick: (4) Personal Pursuit

Instead, the pick comes in the form of Personal Pursuit for trainer Mark Casse. This two-year-old was a very unlucky loser on her previous start, as she was bumped at the start of the G3 Matron Stakes at Belmont at the Big A. However, she battled back extremely well to finish fifth, and achieved a rating of 91.

She has already claimed victory on track, with that success also coming at Belmont at the Big, also reaching a rating of 91. Both previous high-quality performances have come over six furlongs, and I believe that she will have no issue with the slightly longer distance this weekend.

 


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