With weather forecasters unsure of what will be in the next three days, we’ll begin Florida Derby weekend on Tapeta track, since out preferred turf races may wind up there, anyway.
Nothing too sexy but there’s a 3-year-old ridgling that looks very solid in Thursdays sixth race, Cashier Check (3-1).
It is patently obvious that this Victor Barboza charge showed marked improvement when dropped to this level two starts back, notably retaining that form his his latest.
After settling on the backside, Cashier Check launched wide on the turn, mid-moving into winning position before tiring late. Judge the effort yourself: Gulfstream Park, MAR 4, Race 9.
With that second synth start under him, today’s mini-cutback to one mile 70 yards, the anticipated livelier pace and conditioning is a good fit given today’s dynamics.
Taking Cashier Check to win at 5-2 or greater and quinellas with well spotted Protonic Power (7-2) and improving Volte Face (4-1), hindered by a slow pace last out.