01/06/2011 12:25PM

Gulfstream: Thurs. scratches, $35k pick-5 carry

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The weather can get a little nasty here in South Florida, but not yesterday, and not today, although they're talking about rain tonight after the races. Then it's supposed to cool down from the high 70s to the low 70s over the next few days, with sunny skies through Sunday. We'll take it.

Just one day into this 2011 Gulf meet, and it seems like there's already a lot to report down here. The new 50-cent pick 5 (races 5-9) took quite a bit of action ($55,229 in gross handle), and when a 41-1 shot won the 7th race yesterday, it sparked a carryover of $35,203 into today. Four of those five races are on the grass and they're real beauties, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise if it happened to carry again today, even with lots of players taking shots at it. Meanwhile, the new 10-cent pick 6 (races 4-9) wasn't nearly as popular, attracting just $7,457 to net a mere carryover of $2,386 into today.

The crowd looked like a pretty big one yesterday, and the action was frenetic, with lots of close finishes and three trainers (J.Vazquez, N.P.Zito, and W.Ward) winning two races each. Ward says he likes Gangsterontherun in the Spec Bid S. on Saturday even more than he liked Old Hat winner Final Mesa, but you can read all about that in the Sat. DRF print editions. By the way, 2 stakes here Saturday and 2 more Sunday.

Today we've got a fast main track and a firm turf with various rail settings for the 4 races (see below in scratches and changes). First post is 12:55 ET. Good luck.

Race 1 - SCR #1(p.o.e.) Blondie Ruth; SCR #3 Love to Win; SCR #9 Dreamin of Dixie

Race 3 - SCR #1(p.o.e.) R King of the Road; SCR #4 Walkamileinmyshoes; SCR #7 Soaring Silver

Race 4 - SCR #3 Cancerbero

Race 5 (rail setting, 96 feet) - SCR #8 The Great McGee; SCR #12 (MTO) I Know Why

Race 6 (rail setting, 36 feet) - SCR #12 Wat; SCR #14(ae) Nacho Corona; SCR #15(ae) Wulfgar; SCR #16(ae) Sligolicious; note that #13(ae) Maximoso will run

Race 7 - (rail setting, 96 feet) - SCR #13(ae) Dad's Crazy; SCR #14(ae) Zapparition; SCR #15(ae) Molly Molly Molly; SCR #16(ae) Justaroundmidnight

Race 8 - SCR #12 Ronaldo

Race 9 (rail setting, 36 feet) - SCR #13(ae) Artisanal; SCR #14(ae) Dalida Cat; SCR #15(ae) Gob Smacked; SCR#16(ae) Lady Bluegrass