Nine horses will run a mile on the lawn at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s $100,000 Appleton S. (G3) grass. The morning line pick is ghost motto #7 Brian Lynch (3-1), who was last seen winning the 2021 Mac Diarmida S. (G2) on the course there. more than 13 months.

The six-year-old Goldencents son is obviously talented and he loves the surface shown by his 2-for-2 mark at Gulfstream. Kentucky-bred did a lot of its best work running longer and controlling the tempo from the start, and I don’t think the potential race setup will help its chances with Irad taking the reins. The gelding will be a counter-bet to this course outside the long absence.

There is an abundance of early speed in the field which will benefit horses that are getting off the pace. A pair of horses particularly interests me, led by a closer #2 Scarlett Sky (6-1) from Shug McGaughey’s barn. The four-year-old picked up his biggest win yet when he won the 2021 Transylvania S. (G3) at Keeneland, but he’s failed to hit the board in a trio of subsequent efforts since.

The Sky Mesa colt had two fine efforts on this surface as a three-year-old, including a second-place finish in the Palm Beach S., and he’s been training well since mid-January. Joel Rosario’s constituency adds to its appeal.

Graham Motion’s #9 English Bee (7-2) doesn’t have the same toe turn as this one, but the chestnut from the Channel has the right running style to make an impact late in the event. The six-year-old Kentucky has won or placed in five of seven local screenings and has plenty of top-three appeal with Saez in the silks. I will also include the stalker in all multi-race games.

I’m also having trouble deciphering how the rhythm storyline is going to play out, so I’ll be using the “everything” button in some rungs of the verticals.

Paris Appleton

  • $20 win #2 Scarlett Sky ($20)
  • $2 trifecta 2 with 9 with everything ($14)
  • Trifecta 1$2 with everything with 9 ($7)
  • $1 trifecta 9 with 2 with everything ($7)