The Ductor has been slacking, working on the train instead of giving out his ponies to the passengers. He will not apologize as he hasn’t been playing much. Winter racing is poo and there hasn’t been many betting opportunities. Finally, a big stakes day at Gulfstream Park puts a little fire in his belly. He’s combed thru the Saturday card and has found some juicy prices he’ll ride to glory. Pegasus World Cup time, Let’s Ride
Gulfstream Park Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 25000n1x
#5 On Alert (6/1) – This filly hasn’t gotten a hot pace to run at and has run massive late pace figures. She’s run winning races in all three of her starts with Lasix and she gets back on Lasix today. Shug has them ready off the bench and the Ductor thinks she wins the opener at a fair price.
Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) OC 25000n1x
#3 Winston Blue (20/1) – The first bomb that stuck out on the Pegasus World Cup card comes in the fifth. There aren’t any monsters in this race and its ripe for an upset. This new gelding has run well on synthetic and ships in from Woodbine to try the turf for the first time. The Ductor liked his last race where he was wide pressing a hot pace and still finished well. He has major upside.
Race 6: 1½ Mile. (Turf) F.G3 La Prevoyante Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Personal Best (7/2) – This filly will have to take down a rightful favorite #5 Adventuring (7/5), but the Ductor thinks she’s more than capable. Her two marathon races on the turf have been dominant. The Ductor does not care that she failed as the favorite last time on synthetic. She gets back to her personal best today. Skip.
Race 9: 1½ Mile. (Turf) G3 William L. McKnight Stakes
#11 Red Knight (9/2) – The Ductor liked this gelding in the Breeders’ Cup and new he was toast after the first turn. He’s been really good since entering the Maker barn and Irad taking the mount off is a positive sign. The Ductor thinks this old boy’s tank is still full and the post should be no problem with his closing running style. He’ll be a higher price than 9/2.
#3 Pao Alto (8/1) – He’s gotten brutal trips in his starts in the states and now gets a world class rider in Dettori aboard. The Ductor likes his muddied up form and he’ll show what he’s made of today with a good ride.
Race 12: 1 1/2 Mile. (Turf) G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf
#6 Lady Speightspeare (6/1) – Although this mare got a great ground saving trip in the Breeders’ Cup, she was still up close to a scorching pace and finished well. She beat many horses in that race that would be favorites here. Attfield has dominated these big turf stakes in the US the last few years and this mare will add to his tally.
#4 Hurricane Dream (15/1) – This is a weak G1 field in the Ductor’s opinion and this shipper from France a run well vs classier competition. Her marathon distance form across the pond makes her dangerous.
Race 13: 1 1/8 Mile. G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes
#4 White Abarrio (10/1) – This colt returns to Gulfstream where he won his prep races last year on the Derby trail. He got a solid race going a mile vs quality competition under his belt last time and has been working well since. Returning to his favorite track and distance today, this new 4-year-old will run a career best effort.
#12 O’Connor (10/1) – There was heavy steam on this Chilean Star last time where he failed as the favorite. After that race, reports detailed that he lost a shoe while running, so that effort can be excused. He’s another runner working well for Saffie Joseph entering today. You can sneak one past the public, but you can’t sneak him past the Ductor. Skip.