Back to our regularly scheduled programming. We had a few shorter prices come thru on turf Pegasus Day , but the Ductor gave up on Art Collector long ago. The Saturday cards are starting to get filled with stakes races and the Ductor is percolating. Let’s whack the Coast to Coast Pick 5 this weekend. and buy the paintings back. Skip.
Gulfstream Park Race 10: 7 Furlongs. F.G3 Forward Gal Stakes
#3 Automatically (3/1) – The Ductor is leaning towards singling this filly in the 1st leg. She ran well enough in the Breeders’ Cup with a bad trip to show she has a class edge over this group. She thrashed #6 Lynx (6/1) two starts back, who the Ductor puts 2nd here. Pletcher is 24% off the layoff this year and the Ductor will trust him.
Other Contenders: #7 Undervalued Asset (7/2), #8 Red Carpet Ready (4/1)
Santa Anita Park Race 4: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.G3 Megahertz Stakes
#8 Oakhurst (8/1) – This filly showed potential in the Chad Brown barn early in her career and ran her best career race last time. She was wide going into the first turn and showed a nice turn of foot closing into a slow pace. Now she cuts back to a mile and gets a rider upgrade to Prat. There will be a hot pace in this race and she will be flying late.
Others Contenders: #2 Hamwood Flier (5/1), #3 Nadette (5/1), #6 School Dance (3/1)
Gulfstream Park Race 11: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.S.G3 Sweetest Chant Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Stephanie’s Charm (12/1) – The Ductor will argue that she ran better than the favorite #7 Cairo Consort (2/1) last time even though she was beaten. While Cairo Consort was tucked in behind horses, she was wide around both turns and still finished strong, galloping out in front. The Ductor likes her steady progression and is praying this morning line is close to accurate.
Other Contenders: #8 Heavenly Sunday (5/1)
Gulfstream Park Race 12: 1 1/16 Mile. G3 Holy Bull Stakes
#4 Cyclone Mischief (2/1) – This colt took a giant step forward last time and if he runs the same race he’ll win easy. The Ductor is a little weary that effort was his first time with Lasix and now he’s back to all natural. Unfortunately, the Ductor doesn’t like any prices in this race. The alternative is #6 Legacy Isle (7/2). He set a blistering pace last time and did well to cross the wire first even though he was tired. He should get a more favorable trip here, alone on the lead.
Santa Anita Park Race 10: 1 Mile. (Turf) G3 Thunder Road Stakes
#7 There Goes Harvard (8/1) – This horse was impressive last year before something went wrong at Del Mar and has been on the bench since. All three of his turf races were good and he was able to win a Grade 1 on dirt, which isn’t his preferred surface based on his breeding. He’s working his eyeballs out and the Ductor likes that they’re putting him back on the turf. The barn isn’t messing around returning him to stakes company and calling Johnny V to ride.
#9 Hit The Road (5/1) – He’s the class of the field and hopefully his dull effort last time helps his price. That race was clearly a prep for this spot. They take the blinkers off and return him to his best distance today. If he can get a good trip from the outside draw, he’s dangerous to finish our Coast to Coast Pick 5.
Others Contenders: #2 Du Jour (15/1), #4 Bob and Jackie (15/1), #10 Dark Shift (8/1), #12 Cabo Spirit (6/1)