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Gulfstream Park Free Picks: Mac Diarmida Stakes

Gulfstream Park Free Picks: Mac Diarmida Stakes

Mac Diarmida Stakes 2017

Mac Diarmida

In what can only be described as a completely wide open race, the Mac Diarmida will likely come down to trip and pace handicapping. Graded stakes winners include Danish Dynaformer (10/1), Flatlined (20/1), Wake Forest (3/1), Charming Kitten (8/1), Mr. Maybe (10/1), Bigger Picture (4/1), Taghleeb (5/1) and Twilight Eclipse (12/1). Of those runners, Charming Kitten and Bigger Picture -both trained by Mike Maker - appear to have an edge in tactical speed. Addtionally, both runners are making their second starts off the layoff - an angle where Maker connects at a stellar 28%. Bigger Picture exits a win in the Grade 3 Conley Stakes at Sam Houston, while Charming Kitten ran deceptively well to finish fifith, beaten just a length and a half in the Grade 3 William McKnight Handicap January 28 at Gulfstream after a troubled trip and a lengthy break from racing. 

Of the closers, Mike Maker also trains Taghleeb, winner of the McKnight Handicap last out and three of his last five starts. Wake Forest is a classy Chad Brown trainee who will see his first action since November 12 when he was defeated by Bigger Picture in the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. Brown wins at a 25% clip with runners coming back from 60-180-day layoffs. Danish Dynaformer rates a long look for trainer Roger Attfield and should be ready to improve off his eighth-place finish in the McKnight Handicap. 

Gulfstream Park Picks For Today

  • 1st: Bigger Picture
  • 2nd: Charming Kitten
  • 3rd: Danish Dynaformer
  • 4th: Taghleeb

Don't miss any of the action from Gulfstream Park March 4, as the Mac Diarmida immediately precedes the featured Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in the most significant Kentucky Derby prep so far in 2017. Check out one of the preferred online racebooks below for all your horse racing wagers as racing's Triple Crown series approaches. While there's nothing like the road to the Kentucky Derby or the excitement of Triple Crown racing action, the top online racebook's sweeten the deal with lucrative bonuses, promotions and rebates to go with the lates features such as mobile wagering and live race streaming. 

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