Friday’s seventh in Hallandale, where chances of rain are 70% at this posting, presents an opportunity for value on any type of surface for it appears that Peter Walder may have made a fortuitous claim.
Hey Porter (6-1) improved in his first start for Walder and it’s not easy to move horses up off the gelding’s previous trainer Jorge Delgado, but improve he did.
Not only did his Thoro Graph figure move forward but know that horses win at a 22% rate when making their second start for this barn.
Actually, the Upstart three year old started sowing some improvement when Lasix was added three starts back before the big effort in last. Yes, that was a 7 furlongs, but ‘Proper’ broke maiden on debut at today’s trip.
Further, the barn performs best when their runner have this type of spacing, in this case a tad over five weeks, and it certainly appears he appreciated the blinkers being removed last out.
What interests us most is the turnback. T=He chased the pace going farther and stayed on for third, a good conditioner, and he should be much sharper for today’s run.
Recent 46 4/5 blowout suggests that further improvement may be at hand, Edwin Gonzalez is a plus. See what you think if his last will help him here: Gulfstream Park, MAR 24, Race 8.
We’re taking Hey Porter to win at 4-1 or greater and quinellas with sharp ship-in Con on the Run (5-2) and the Crichton-improved Paco Pico (2-1).