The $75,000 Unbridled is the feature on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, with seven three-year-olds entered with six likely to start in the 1 1/16 mile test on the main track.
Trainer Stanley Hough has Necker Island and South Bend entered but reported the latter is likely to scratch to wait for a stake next weekend on turf.
The Todd Pletcher trained Dr Post is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The colt earned a solid number breaking his maiden in his second career start going seven furlongs here on March 29.
“With limited options, we had considered taking him to Oaklawn for an allowance race but staying at home was an option when this race came up,” Pletcher said. “In light of how well he’s been training, we decided to go ahead and step up in class a little bit and see where we are.”
Attachment Rate is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The colt was third in the Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct in his last outing, which was his first start against winners.
The Mark Hennig trained Americanus (6-1) may take some action off a smart looking win against first level allowance foes in his last outing.
“He’s been doing great. We’ve been able to afford him the time and good spacing going into this,” Hennig said. “I’m happy Gulfstream added this race and is giving us the opportunity to stretch out.”
I am going to look for a price with Soros, the Gustavo Delgado trainee making his second start off a four-month layoff. The colt won the Smooth Air at seven furlongs in his second career outing and should end up a decent price.
I will have my full card report for Gulfstream Park for Saturday up as well as my Best Plays which will include some of the action from Oaklawn Park.
Let’s head out to Gulfstream Park for Saturday’s featured race of the day:
Gulfstream Park Race 9 The Unbridled Post time 4:53 ET
6 Soros 15-1
7 Attachment Rate 3-1
3 Dr Post 8-5
2 Americanus 6-1
This colt could be the biggest price in the field. The colt broke his maiden going a mile in the Smooth Air in his second career start last November in his second career outing. The Delgado trainee returned last out off a four-month break against Alw-1 optional claimers. He was off near the back of the pack and saved ground throughout on a day the rail was deep and not the place to be. He made a mild late run to finish fifth and looks capable of moving forward off that effort. This guy still appears to have some upside. He is a half to stakes winner Ladyecho ($381,186) and graded stakes placed Whatdreamsrmadeof ($137,080). Worth a look here at a generous price.
The Romans trainee broke his maiden here in the slop two back by 6 ¼ lengths in a good looking outing in his third career start. He shipped to New York for the Gotham (G3) where he made a mild late rally to finish third. The runner up Untitled came back to roll over Alw-1 optional claimers here on Thursday. The colt owns a solid pace profile throughout and looks ready for his first test going two turns. The $200,000 Keeneland purchase is by Hard Spun out of an Afleet Alex mare that has dropped three other foals to race, all winners.
The colt was fourth in his debut last July which was won by Green Light Go who won the Saratoga Special (G2) and ran second in the Champagne (G1) in his next two starts. Last out the Pletcher trainee came back off an eight-month layoff to break his maiden in fast time and earned the top last out speed fig. He is bred to handle the stretch out to two turns, by Quality Road out of the stakes winner Mary Delaney ($305,879). The Pletcher barn is 21% winners moving runners from sprint to route. Irad is back riding today and picks up the call. With the big number the colt earned last out the price figures to be very much on the short side.