Well, here we go again race fans, as the 2014 road to Louisville takes its first modest small step here on Jan. 1, (oh and happy birthday to all the 2yo’s who just turned 3yo on this first day of the New Year), as Gulfstream Park rolls out the $100,000, Gulfstream Park Derby, for newly minted 3yo’s, at just a mile, over the Gulfstream main track this Wednesday afternoon!
We’ve got “9” fresh-faced 3yo’s coming out here for this first stretch of the legs for these 2014 Kentucky Derby want-to-be’s!
Best Plan Yet , at 5/2 is the slight m/l favorite and is a double stakes winner over at Calder this season winning both the Foolish Pleasures Stakes and the $300k FSN Reality Stakes at 1 1/16 mile winning that tussle by 5 plus lengths. This son of Hear No Evil is 6-3-2-0 lifetime and does appear to be a very good stalking type runner. Cuts back to the mile distance which can only help him in here!
Aarons Orient , at 3/1, is a Todd Pletcher trained 3yo and as anyone at Gulfstream can tell you Todd Pletcher trained 3yo’s here at any Gulfstrem winter meet are usually live runners. This son of Orienate won the Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park 2 back covering 6f’s on a snappy 1:09.3 all the way on a front end score. He had a truly poor start last out in thr JF Lewis Stakes up at Laurel where he stumbled coming out of the gate and was bumped around pretty good, as well. He never made the early lead in that race so he finished a very poor 10th there that day. He must ready for his 2-turn debut or super Todd wouldn’t be bringing out here on Wednesday!
Wildcat Red , at 5/1, is the 3rd chose here, as this son of D’ wildcat won the Gulfstream Juvenile Sprint here last out at 6 1/2 f’s clocking a reasonble 1:17.4 but was then Dq’d and placed 2nd for boring out in the stretch. Tried 2yo’s do funny things in the stretch so him stretching out to the 2 turn mile does offer us some pause even though he is techically undefeated in 3 lifetime starts.
General a Rod , at 6/1, is Mike Maker trained, sired by Roman Ruler offers just a 2 race resume winning a Mdn over the Keeneland poly, then coming a decent 2nd in a Churchill $75k Alw last out, that went a mile in 1:35.1 as he was just a little more than a length off that winner! Solid connections here with experience at the distance make this one quite use able in our exotic’s thinking!
Pablo Del Monte , also at 6/1, is a Wesley Ward pupil out of Giant’s Causeway finished 5th in the GIII Generous Stakes at BHP last out where he vied early but faded at the end of that 1-mile turfer. He does have the obligatory Mdn and Alw wins though on his resume but tries the dirt here on Wednesday for the first time!
East Hall , at 10/1, is a son of Graeme Hall with a long South Florida resume and has raced at a mile or more 5 times in a row now. He just a maiden winner however but last out was placed first in a dq of $45k 1x alw tussle here at Gulfstream so in effect he does have 2 lifetime wins. Solid pedigree here and tons of experience at the distance makes this one a solid super thought at least!
Post Time – 4:33 pm EST
|1.||Wildcat Red||P Lopez||116||J Garoffalo||5/1|
|2.||Gone as Wind||L Contreras||116||E Loza, Jr.||12/1|
|3.||Enthrone||J Chamafi||116||H A Jerkens||15/1|
|4.||Aarons Orient||J Castellano||116||T A Pletcher||3/1|
|5.||East Hall||J C Leyva||116||W A Kaplan||10/1|
|6.||Pablo Del Monte||K J Desormeaux||116||W A Ward||6/1|
|7.||Best Plan Yet||J Sanchez||120||S I Gold||5/2|
|8.||Grand Arrival||J Lezcano||116||N P Zito||20/1|
|9.||General a Rod||J Rosario||116||M J Maker||6/1|
Picks are – 7,9,4,1 exacta box with the 5 or 6 added into that final super slot!