The Sunday feature in Hallandale, the Proud Man Stakes, is for juvenile colts sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs on Tapeta Track, which will be just fine for the favorite, Monsieur Coco (6-5).
We will not attempt to reinvent the wheel here. If you look at his only start a mere eight days ago, any explanation would be superfluous.
We don’t like betting fast, big figure, synth debut runners who get loose on the lead, but I have no idea how any of these colts can match this one’s brilliance. If it’s any indication, Here it is a week later and we’re not sure Miguel Vasquez has asked him to run yet.
This Bolt d’Oro colt clearly loved his new blinkers and the surface switch and the connections much have loved him too, sending him away as the 4-5 choice off an even effort on the main track.
He took the lead effortlessly, did everything on his own, but was ridden out likely because he was showing some greenness in failing to switch lead. He did so very late but only after some hustling by Vasquez. Check out the eighth race at GP on Aug 20.
Faustino Gutierrez has already proven he knows how to handle fast horses given the work he’s done with champion mare Letruska in 2021. We’re making no comparisons only reminder that the quick turnaround doesn’t scare us with this clever South American calling the shots.
Taking Mounsieur Coco to win, no price restrictions, and a quinella with uncoupled mate, Mariache Crush (5-1).