Friday, November 20, 2015
Maker Trainee and Pletcher Duo Look Strong for GP West Feature
Conditions are fast and firm at Calder, site of the Gulfstream Park West meet--and speed is generally holding up on the dirt as it did yesterday.
Scheduled post is 4:35 p.m. for the ninth and feature race. It is one mile on dirt for 3-year-olds and up and is a $16,000 optional claimer with a $39,000 purse.
The 8-year-old Palatine Hill and Bluegrass Luck loom as early speed. But they could find it difficult to hold off Tiger of Wales who is trained by Mike Maker and will be riddbn by Tyler Gaffalione.
Tiger of Wales has been looking strong at this distance and level. This summer and fall he has two wins and a second place finish in three starts at Gulfstream Park and a second place finish in his only start at GP West this year.
Todd Pletcher has a pair of contenders, both owned by Sumaya Us Stable. They are African Fighter and Morning Dancer--racing as separate betting interests.
The former has been racing against tougher at Saratoga and Belmont and has Eddie Castro riding The latter has been racing Chile and has had some fast workouts at Palm Beach Downs. Edgard Zayas has the mount.