Optional Claimer Highlights Gulfstream Thursday

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By Emily Shields

The Thursday, April 30 card at Gulfstream Park features an allowance optional claimer going one mile on the dirt. A field of eight has been entered, with Cuddle Kitten a 3-1 choice from post seven.

Entered for the $50,000 tag, Cuddle Kitten is a six-year-old mare by Kitten’s Joy trained by Happy Alter. She was under the care of Jorge Navarro until she was claimed last out for $62,500, and drops down a level here. This older campaigner is seeking her tenth win in her 42nd start.

Bella Ciao at 4-1 is worth a look for trainer Antonio Sano. She has never won in six starts at the distance, but the daughter of Flatter has finished top three in seven of 10 starts on this track. She was stakes placed over the surface in 2018, and was fourth in the Grade 1 Spinaway as a juvenile. She has been third in three of her last four starts, but gets the hot riding Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Flat Awesome Jenny is 9-2 and drawn inside of Bella Ciao. The Kelly Breen trainee is three for six over the track and has won three times since December. The daughter of Flat Out was fourth sprinting last out, but stretches out for this.

I’ll Take the Cake drew the rail at 7-2. She is coming off a win in the Lady Bird Stakes here over seven furlongs, but drops down and is in for the tag. Saffie Joseph Jr trains and Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard, as he was for the win February 17. This is a six-year-old daughter of Nobiz Like Shobiz.

Stakes winner Midnight Soiree, Crown and Sugar, Sean’s Idea, and Final Cut complete the field.

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