The Ductor can feel a big Saturday in his left knee. The races at Santa Anita stink and have small fields, you passengers can figure those out on your own. Down to Gulfstream Park we go. Let’s Ride.
Gulfstream Park Race 8: 1 Mile. Mdn 84k
#1 Sara’s Shaman (4/1) – This is a difficult maiden race to start the sequence with many unproven runners with upside. Of the 1st time starters, the Ductor likes the looks of this colt best. He’s working great for top connections and he can see him exploding gate to wire.
#3 Arcangelo (5/1) – He took money on debut for a low % barn and ran a solid 2nd over a sloppy track. He dropped back to last, was hung wide and closed into a slow pace, galloping out in front. He has a major chance today and will be a higher price than the morning line suggests.
#5 Prairie Dunes (8/1) – This colt was close to graduating last year and ran a couple of quality races. He’s working well off the layoff, gets lasix for the 1st time and has the best foundation of the bunch. With natural development as a 3-year-old, he’s very dangerous.
Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.S.Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf Stakes
#9 Mona Stella (10/1) – The Ductor is leaning towards horses with proven turf form in this race. There are many runners in here taking shots to see if they handle the turf. This filly has run multiple fast races on the turf and looks live. They prepped her off the bench with a sprint on synthetic and now gets back to what she does best. Connections decided to take the blinkers off her today, but the Ductor is hoping they still use her speed and send her from the outside post. If they don’t, then he will curse.
#1 Sonar (8/1) – This mare tried turf for the 1st time last time vs tougher than this group as been facing and ran well. She was wide and uncovered the whole way and found her best stride late. Sonar galloped out in front and the Ductor sees upside making her 2nd start on the turf today. She draws well and shortens in distance to boot.
#6 Crystal Coast (8/1) – She got the job done last time at this surface and distance at 8/1 and looks to repeat. The Ductor sees no reason why she can’t against a weak stakes field.
Race 10: 6 Furlongs. Sunshine Sprint Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Cajun’s Magic (10/1) – He went off for pursuing the Derby trail last year, but ran some very fast races prior. They cut him back to a sprint off the layoff and he’s working like an improved 4-year-old. With a nice outside draw today, the Ductor sees him springing the upset.