Time to see how the South divisions of my Enlightened Trails play out. The divisions in both Trails wrap up with their respective races.
GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS:
Top 3: 3-4-5 Point Of Honor, Bella Ciao, Champagne Anyone
Overlays: Bella Ciao
My odds: Point Of Honor 1-1; Bella Ciao 9-1; Champagne Anyone 14-1
Bella Ciao owns top pedigree of the field (Flatter/Anandi, out of Anabaa). Ran a big 87 last time out dropping out of a Grade 3 event to a 75k optional claimer. Ran wide in that race; she should have won, having been close all the way.
Champagne has yet to win a graded race. He placed 4th in the Golden Rod, 3rd in the Forward Gal, and 3rd in the Davona Dale. All the while, she’s placed in the 80s for speed ratings. She’s one of two fillies to realize a small new top compared to last year. This last closer will need a somewhat fast pace throughout the race to win. Adds blinkers for the first time.
Top 3: 3-11-7 Harvey Wallbanger, Garter and Tie, Maximum Security.
Overlays: Top 2 plus Bodexpress
My odds: Current 22-1; Everfast 22-1; Harvey Wallbanger 2-1; Maximum Security 6-1, Bodexpress 9-1; Garter and Tie 2-1.
Indeed a two-horse race, and all to the longshot overlays. Harvey Wallbanger did become a bounce risk, but a nice gain to 95 while moving up from maiden class to Grade 2, winning the Holy Bull. 6 works in prep in the 8 weeks off, last 3 very fast, including a bullet.
Garter and Tie has an 8-2-2-2 record, all at GP. Best track speed of the field, 103, acheived in December in the Smooth Air Stakes. 6th last out in the Holy Bull, and off since. Blinkers off for the first time in his career.
Bodexpress is still a maiden after 4 races with varied success. Ran a 97 last time out with a wide trip and a bumpy start.