Race 10 (8F Turf) 50K Optional Claiming 3yo
Todd Pletcher always seems to beat me with horses like Earth (#3). But given his likely short odds, likely early pace pressure, and no wins at two turns, I’m again looking elsewhere at my own peril.
Elsewhere is Bantu (#5). The blinkers come off for this one and I anticipate the idea is to get him to settle and make a run from off the pace. I think he’s due for an honest effort and, on paper, the pace should be there. In his first two starts at Gulftream, he caught unfavorable “good” turf courses in higher level events. In his last race on February 9th, he was on hold for virtually the entire race and gets free too late. Just watch Ortiz wrestle him for 6F.
Horse on hold:
$10 Exacta 5/1-3-6-8
$2 Trifecta 5/1-3-6-8
$4 Exacta (saver) 1-3-6-8/5