The racing slowly keeps getting better each week. The 2023 Fountain of Youth Stakes will likely produce the early Kentucky Derby favorite.
Gulfstream Park Race 7: 7 Furlongs. OC 62500b
#6 Weyburn (4/1) – The Ductor must be against the favorite #2 White Abarrio (8/5) after his dismal effort in the Pegasus. Weyburn’s fastest career race came at this distance at Gulfstream off a similar layoff. Although Jerkens is only 9% with runners off the bench this year, he has a +$0.70 ROI and 23/46 starters have hit the board.
#10 Legends Can’t Die (8/1) – Strangely in a dirt sprint, he’s the only horse in the race that wants the early lead. He’s working well and Irad hops aboard for a barn he rarely rides for. His race two back was above par for this level and he has a good shot to wire the field.
Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) G3 Canadian Turf Stakes
#2 California Frolic (20/1) – The Ductor thinks #3 Emmanuel (8/5) is tough to beat. If you’re a passenger looking to inject some value underneath to your trifecta, this is your colt. He’s won at 7/1 and run 2nd at 38/1 in is two turf starts. He draws well to the inside and should get a good setup with a quick pace to close into. 2nd off the bench, he should run a top effort.
Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes
#9 Danse Macabre (10/1) – Making her first start as a 3-year-old, she’s yet to run a bad race. She’s stretching out to a mile for the first time and working her eyeballs out. She has enough early speed to work out a good trip from an outside post and there isn’t a ton of early speed in this race either. This filly has upside.
Race 10: 1 Mile.G2 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes
#7 Charge It (7/5) – The Ductor doesn’t see much value in this race. Charge It looks to get a perfect trip and the shorter distance will only help him.
Race 11: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.G3 Honey Fox Stakes
#8 Miss Yearwood (12/1) – This filly makes her 4-year-old debut and she showed talent last year. She has a thunderous late kick and she should get a great setup in this race. Luca Panici on the turf is a tough jockey to back, but it will help her price. Drop back, hug the rail, tip out and mow.
Race 12: 1 Mile. F.G2 Davona Dale Stakes
#2 Infinite Diamond (10/1) – The Ductor doesn’t think the Forward Gal Stakes was strong and is looking for prices here. This filly’s return as a 3-year-old was very promising. Although she got a solid rail trip, she had to wait patiently eating kickback before exploding in the stretch. She should run even better with that race under her belt and a step forward puts her in the winners circle.
#9 Dorth Vader (15/1) – As you passengers know, there is no better angle in racing than lone speed. This filly should have no problem clearing this field early, the only question is if she can get the distance. At 15/1 she must be included on all your tickets.
Race 13: 1 3/8 Mile. (Turf) G2 Mac Diarmida Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Master Piece (5/1) – This is the Ductor’s best bet on the card. He gets major class relief today after his last two starts. A Grade 2 winner, he draws well and was finishing best in the Pegasus Turf last time. He was stuck behind a wall of horses in the stretch and couldn’t find the seam he needed. He galloped out in front of the winner and looks primed to run his best here. In a wide open full field, his morning line should hold.
Race 14: 1 1/6 Mile. G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes
#8 Rocket Can (8/1) – The Holy Bull had a weak field like this Fountain of Youth Stakes, but this colt was miles the best. He was impossibly wide going into the first turn and stalked a slow pace while finishing strong. While Forte (7/5) showed more talent last year and could stamp himself as the Derby favorite with a big effort, the high performing 2-year-olds have flopped this far.