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Breeders Cup 2015

Gifted Graydar Takes on Donn Elite

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.”



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