Saturday, December 15, 2012
If At First You Don’t Succeed…
Today's featured Dania Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds on the Gulfstream Park turf course features a Todd Pletcher trained, Johnny Velazquez ridden favorite, Charming Kitten (3-1). So what else is new?
Charming Kitten raced evenly in his last, the G1 Breeders' Futurity on Keeneland Polytrack that followed a willing third in the G2 grassy With Anticipation at Saratoga. Absent 10 weeks, he's training very well at the Palm Meadows training facility for his return and will be a tough out, no doubt..
But it's Newfound Zapper (8-1) that intrgues. Well drawn, as opposed to the favorite, this gelding never has taken a backward step on the Equiform scale on any surface in his career, and has demonstrated a strong turn of foot--the best in the field thus far--earning a competitive figure to break maiden after a very slow pace.That win came at today's distance with today's rider.
Working purposefully for Wesley Ward, the Ghostzapper gelding rates to move forward once again.
Taking Newfound Zapper to win at 5-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding Reporting Star (4-1) to the exotic mix.
Running Totals: May, 2007-Present
Number of Selections: 1215
Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 373-238-182
Amount Wagered: $2,4232 [to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,550.50
Profit to Date: $118.50