Thursday, January 26, 2012
Take Two and Hit to Right
As everyone knows, turf racing results have more to do worth trips than any other factor, all those factors being equal. Today’s featured 9th at Gulfstream is a race that is confounding to plot and to know just where the main contenders are at right now.
And the ones you know about probably will be beaten by one of the developing unknowns that jump up the best. Migraine city.
There are two fillies that appear set to move forward in this spot; one a Pletcher trainee, the other from the McLaughlin barn. Further, we’re talking Castellano and Velazquez, respectively.
How do you separate them? Sadly, you really can’t, so you opt for what’s known. And that leaves us with Sandy Key Gal (4-1).
This filly never has taken a backward step on turf and her latest figure was the best of its kind in today’s matchup. You just hope the short 19-day layup isn’t too much to overcome--today is her third start in 39 days. Hopefully, Paco can engineer a loose lead and they will leave her alone long enough so that she will have enough in reserve.
Taking Sandy Key Gal to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her in multiples with St Pancras (3-1), Almufasa (5-2) and Ten K Cat (8-1), coming off an Equiform Pace Low pattern.
Running Totals: (1012) 312-202-146 Total Dollar Return: $2,1563.80 [win selections only]