Heathguard was bet down, but won nicely a 3/1 Thursday at Gulfstream. Two tough 2nds followed. The train stays in neutral moving into St. Patrick’s Day. Stew, ponies, ball, repeat. Skip
Race 3: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) Alw 50000s
#6 Famous Gent (9/2) – As the old saying goes, pace makes the race. Every other horse in this field needs the early lead to win. This gelding circled the field last time at Gulfstream and switching back to turf and he looks to get a perfect setup. The Ductor is hoping he’s not recognized at the windows.
Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 84k
*Gullet Shot of the Day #10 Levity (8/1) – The Ductor is ignoring his last race at a quirky Kentucky Downs racetrack where something went wrong. His race at this distance at Ellis Park last summer was solid. He chased a quick pace uncovered 3-wide and never quit. Now returning to the races as a 4-year-old, he should naturally progress gets Irad in the saddle. Irad rarely rides for trainer Victoria Oliver and wouldn’t be piloting this gelding if he wasn’t ready to fire.
Race 8: 1 Mile. (Turf) Alw 50000s
#3 Chasing Rainbows (5/1) – Making his first start on turf after switching barns last time, he took a step forward. He made an early move into a hot pace and understandably tired the final 1/16. That was still a strong 2nd that this colt can build off of. He gets a nice draw here and Gaffalione will have learned something too.
#8 Ski Patrol (3/1) – He’s the most likely winner in the Ductor’s opinion and will likely be the 3rd betting choice. He ran well last time at Gulfstream with a wide trip and never quit.