An overflow field of 14 has been entered for Saturday’s competitive $100,000 Alan Jerkens H. at Gulfstream Park. The two-mile turf marathon attracted a deep group led by Mike Maker. #10 Value Engineering (7-2). The recent purchase of Keeneland was his second lone attempt on the surface and will be tough with his best performance at this venue.
Value Engineering has been running on the New York circuit for the past few seasons and looks to be a good fit in the region. Now in Maker’s shadow, the six-year-old Dark Bay has been restricted to full day running and will thrive in a move to 16 furlongs on Saturday with Jose Ortiz taking over the reins.
The area matches up particularly well, and can be a good option for speculators looking for value. #2 Map of the Oceans (12-1) Was a fine runner-up twice in the 1 1/2-mile stakes at Monmouth Park and will be a dominant presence for Gregory Sacco with few to be seen against this performer. According to Liam’s Map, the five-year-old appreciates a path of ground and could certainly be a factor inside the final furlong with his top effort. Amisel Jaramillo will be in shackles.
Maker’s #9 Kinnos (9-2) A good allowance over 1 1/16 miles at Aqueduct in his latest venture was a good preparation for this tilt in third place in the heat. The Empire Maker five-year-old has done some of his best work running extended trips, and I would include Kentucky-bred Bay in the various stakes on the Good Morning-line number. The Luis Saez ride adds to the appeal.
Irad Ortiz Jr. inherits Mount Atop #3 Another Mystery (4-1), who has won or placed in four straight turf starts prior to this trial. By Temple City, the six-year-old is a proven turf performer over various distances and could certainly move two miles on this day on his first try for the conditioner James Gulick. The Bay Illinois-bred will be on an early pace.
Value Engineering – With
Value Engineering – Against
- $.50-cent trifecta: 2,9 with 2,3,9,10 with all ($30)
- $.50-cent Superfecta: 2,9 with 2,9 with 3,10 with all ($18)