1 for 3 with a 5/2 winner and an empty #gullet shot was not good enough Friday at Gulfstream Park. Luckily for us, Saturday racing is where the pools are the fattest. The Ductor can’t wait to eat. Skip.
Race 7: 7½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 84k
#6 Le Beau (7/2) – This filly ran well on debut over synthetic and now moves to turf for the first time. Her breeding suggests she will adore moving to the turf. She will have her picture taken with a step forward.
#10 La Goulu (8/1) – She was well bet on debut sprinting at Aqueduct last fall and ran like she wanted more distance. She returned routing on synthetic last time and ran a decent 3rd off the layoff. With a race under her belt and switching back to her preferred turf surface today, she could improve in a big way.
Race 9; 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) OC 75000n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #8 More Than Ready Eddie (8/1) – This colt won easy in his first start last year in a sprint taken off the turf. He returned off the layoff last time on grass and lost all chance after being sandwiched at the start. He puts the blinkers on today and stretches out to a route for the first time. He’s bred for the turf and has major upside. The Ductor is confident Pletcher will have Eddie ready.
Race 12: 5½ Furlongs. (All-Weather) Clm 10000
#7 Celebratory (9/2) – Making his first start of the year at his lowest career level, this gelding has multiple races under his belt that beat this field. After his last race at Gulfstream Park, he moved into the Scooter Davis Barn, who is 32% on the year with a +$0.85 ROI. Davis is also a preposterous 7/10 with a +$1.85 ROI with runners for the first time. Jose Ortiz also shows up? Everything screams Celebratory runs off the screen.
#11 Joe Phillips (8/1) – The only horse that can beat Celebratory is this gelding at a better price. He improved 1st off the claim last time chasing a quick pace routing on the turf. He cuts back to a sprint today and takes on a weaker group. Trainer Bobby Diibona is 28% with a +$0.28 ROI cutting horses back from a route to a sprint this year.