Cannot blame those who believe that North Dakota (8-5) could be a very likely single in Wednesday’s late Pick 4 on connections alone as the four year old that’s meeting younger here represents the team of Shug McGaughey and Antonio Gallardo.
Making his second career start he figures to benefit greatly from debut in which he was sandwiched by rivals only jumps after the start, raced three wide for the entire nine furlongs, and finished up evenly in a useful performance without pressure.
He has worked thrice since that effort, his last from the gate for good measure, now hopes to join four of his winning siblings who won races on the grass. Check out his season’s debut made at Gulfstream Park.
Meanwhile, don’t be fooled by the apparent barn change, as he was saddle in debut by Robbie Medina, Shug’s long time assistant, as the boss quietly took a few days off, courtesy of the stewards. But not so fast my friends:
Enjoy the Music (9-2) also has a license to improve in his second start of 2020, his second on grass having made his turf debut on this course RACE 6 on DEC 20.
If you want to see what the competition looks like, check out the Tampa Bay Today Video on our homepage and watch North Dakota’s seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park on FEB 8, RACE 5.
Racing three wide throughout he angled out a bit wider into the lane, put in a run and made an impression late, only ridden out, running his final sixteenth in less than :06 seconds. He should get a lot from the run. Arnaud Delacour and Daniel Centeno have done excellent work all meeting long.
Looking for value, we’ll take Enjoy the Music straight at 3-1 or greater and will key box exactas with the favorite and well connected debuting Idle Time (7-2) for Christophe Clement.