Review of Smile Sprint Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on June 29 

Race 13. Smile Sprint Stakes (G3). For three-year-old and up at 6 furlongs on dirt. Purse $250,000.  

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Proforma  Albin Jimenez Michael Stidham 4/1
2 Diamond Oops  Julien R. Leparoux Patrick L. Biancone 20/1
3 Jalen Journey  Luis Saez Kathleen O’Connell 9/5
4 Cautious Giant  Emisael Jaramillo Victor Barboza, Jr. 9/2
5 Garter and Tie  Jeffrey Sanchez Ralph E. Nicks 7/2
6 Royal Squeeze  Jairo Rendon Elizabeth L. Dobles 8/1
7 Fast Pass  Miguel Angel Vasquez Peter R. Walder 6/1

Jalen Journey brings a three race win streak into the Smile Sprint Stakes. His most recent win was in an allowance optional race on May 30 at Gulfstream.  His other two wins also were over the Gulfstream course. He likes to set the pace and has the speed to be the pacesetter in this race. He should be the horse to catch and finish in top three.

Garter and Tie will face older rivals after winning the Ocala Stakes for 3-year-olds June 1 at Gulfstream. He won a pair of stakes last year including the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream. He finished off the board finish in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1). He finished second in a pair of seven-furlong stakes this spring at Gulfstream before winning the Ocala. He will be stalking the leaders and try to duel for the lead around the turn. He should finish on the board.

Royal Squeeze has won three straight races including a victory over  in the Big Drama Stakes for Florida-breds May 11 at Gulfstream. He will be stalking the leaders and try to duel for the lead down the back stretch. He should finish in the top five.

Proforma is a G3 winner on turf and stakes winner on dirt. He enters off a second-place finish in the Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3) May 18 at Pimlico. He will need solid fraction to have a chance of passing the leaders heading for home. He should finish on the board.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Proforma
  • Jalen Journey
  • Garter and Tie 

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