The pit stop at the Fair Grounds proved fruitful for Mr. Conductor and us passengers. Didia at 7/2 and Southlawn at 8/1 were able to find the winners circle (Louisiana Derby Day Saturday). A nice pillage pit stop will always make the Ductor smile. Back to Gulfstream Park we go. Skip.
Race 5: 7½ Furlongs. (Turf) Clm 20000b
#7 Malibu Uproar (9/2) – This gelding always runs his race and finishes strong. 2nd off the layoff, dropping in class and shortening to his favorite distance, he makes a lot of sense. He looks to get some pace to run at today with a bunch of sprinters stretching out too.
Race 7: 1 Mile. F.Mdn 84k
#2 Be Here Now (12/1) – This filly showed ability in her debut at Gulfstream sprinting on dirt last fall. She returned off he bench on the turf last time and ran better than it looks on paper. She had a no chance trip, Leparoux had her in the parking lot the entire way around. Nothing in her pedigree says she’d be better on turf anyway, so they rightfully bring her back to the dirt here. She has the early speed to work out a nice trip and that last race gives her the stamina to finish the job. She will listen t the Ductor and get to the wire right when he says so.
Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 25000n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #5 On Alert (8/1) – This filly showed talent last year running huge late pace figures closing into slow paces. She returned off a long layoff last time at this level and clearly needed the race. On Alert was way far back behind a slow pace and Castellano barely rode her. She galloped out past most of the field and now she’s primed to run her best. She gets back to her best distance today too. She’ll be the key to the Ductor’s day.