1-for-1 on Thursday, with CROWDED TRADE missing the break but winning anyway @ $4.00
Gulfstream – Race 3
#3 MUBTADAA (7/2 ml)
Good-looking grey horse for Pletcher debuts with a nice series of drills, his three furlong bullet coming in company with older barnmate MORE GLITTER, who had just run in the Tepin Stakes @ Aqueduct nine days earlier. MUBTADAA then progressed to four panels with HYPERFOCUS, a Gulfstream maiden winner from last May who most recently ran in the Bashford Manor Stakes @ Churchill last summer. Following that, MUBTADAA worked with DEMOCRACY, an unraced colt who was recently seen working with Holy Bull entrant (and likely winner, imo) PRIME FACTOR. MUBTADAA later worked from the gate with SIBAAQ, who had recently worked heads-up with JOUSTER prior to that one’s impressive maiden win a few weeks ago. Seems to be keeping good company, and appears to have some speed. Should run well.
Gulfstream – Race 7
#10 ARISTON (7/2 ml)
$500k yearling purchase (from a $35k sire) debuts for Chad Brown having looked quite sharp in recent training, and also appears to have worked heads-up from the gate last month with PRINCIPLED STAND, who came out of that drill to win his debut by 7 lengths @ Tampa in a fast turf mile (1:35.57) a couple of weeks later. Expecting a good performance.
Honorable mention goes to #11 JARLIAN (12/1 ml), a Bill Mott firster who worked heads-up on 12/14 with MAIL ORDER, who came out of that drill with JARLIAN to duel with today’s heavy Forward Gal favorite ZAAJEL for a half-mile in that one’s impressive maiden win. MAIL ORDER then returned to win her next start (when switched to turf) a couple of weeks ago. Following that, JARLIAN worked a couple of times with the $2.1 million colt ALEXANDER VALLEY, who emerged from those drills to run a much-improved 2nd (when switched to turf) on 1/16.
Win record: 24-for-77 (31% winners)
Total mutuels: $206.30 ($8.60 average win price)