When Graydar has raced, particularly at Gulfstream, he has been most
impressive. If there’s a problem with the gifted 4-year-old, it’s that
he doesn’t race nearly enough to establish himself as a star performer.
Despite his brief resume of three races, the gray son of Unbridled’s
Song has been given the chance to shine in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn
Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream.
“He’s a lightly raced horse, but unfortunately we’ve had a lot of
spacing between his races, not by design. It’s just the way it’s worked
out. We felt like he’s doing really well right now. We know he likes
Gulfstream and let’s take a shot at a big one while he’s in good form
and see what happens,” said Pletcher, who had originally planned to run
El Padrino in the Donn.
Graydar has raced twice at Gulfstream, including a handy 8 ½ -length
debut triumph last April. The Kentucky-bred colt didn’t run again until
a third-place finish at Belmont Park in September, but came back to
capture an entry-level allowance race at Gulfstream on Dec. 6 by 4 ¼
lengths. Both Gulfstream wins came at a mile around one turn.
“From a talent standpoint and a speed-figure standpoint, I think he
fits. It’s just that we’re going a mile-and-an-eighth for the first time
and we’re doing it against a really good group of horses,” said
Pletcher, whose colt will be ridden by Edgar Prado. “It’s an ambitious
move and a calculated risk. It’s a low-risk, high-reward scenario.”