Gulfstream Park plays host to a 12-race card on Saturday with two graded tests among the events. The $100,000 Marshua's River (G3) is one of those and it is where the Best Bet of the Weekend comes from.
The lightly raced La Signare (#7) (3-1) will make her seasonal debut on Saturday for conditioner Brian Lynch. The four-year-old filly has flashed sizable potential from a trio of races on U.S. soil and she seems poised for a big 2019 campaign starting in this affair.
La Signare was fourth in her lifetime debut prior to a victory in Toulouse in the winter of 2017. The daughter of Siyouni reappeared in an allowance tilt at Keeneland in April 2018 and finished strongly to be a very good second, posting a significant 100 BRIS Late Pace figure in the process. Toinette, the horse she was runner-up to on the day, came right back to annex the Edgewood (G3) to prove the quality of the allowance field.
In her next outing, the bay filly shipped to Belmont Park and led at every call en route to a one-length score in the Wonder Again (G3). La Signare then tried the best in her division in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), and she led to the top of the lane before tiring behind an excellent cast.
She has since been freshened and comes into the Marshua's River showing five good morning drills on the green at Palm Meadows. La Signare has fired off the layoff in the past and she will do it once again today.
I love the versatility that La Signare has shown in her young career in being adept at both showing early foot, and closing from off the pace, with success. In a race with many that like to be forwardly placed, I expect top pilot Jose Ortiz to keep this lass a few lengths off the early tempo before asking the miss to accelerate in the stretch.
Trainer Brian Lynch has the one to beat in both of the graded races at Gulfstream on Saturday. And La Signare will give him every chance to seal the stakes double.
You can watch and wager on the Marshua's River at TwinSpires.com.
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