02/09/2011 4:49PM

Gulfstream: Speed bias on the main


Speed holding up well thus far on the main track so it's somewhat of a surprise to see the late running Shawarma currently up on the board as the 2-1 favorite in the fifth race.

 You won't often hear that trainer Todd Pletcher turned in the biggest surprise on the card but that's what happened in the fifth race when the meet's leading trainer sent out the 20-1 Chief Thundercloud to register the upset under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, outlasting fellow longshots No Influence and Lizard's Repent.  Chief Thundercloud was one of three horses claimed out of the race along with Hometown and Richie's Redbullet.