Head Heart Hoof
was reported to be in fine fettle by trainer Rudy
Rodriguez the day after the 7-year-old gelding won his first graded
stakes, the Grade 3 Toboggan, in his 50th start.
“We were very happy with the way he came out of it,” said
Rodriguez. “Everything was very nice. He looked very happy. He’s a very
nice, sound horse, and he loves to
win. And he loves the inner track, too. Ever since he was a baby he has
loved the inner track. He’s a very easy horse to train, and we just
have to keep him happy.”
Rodriguez said the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap on March 2
would be a logical spot for Head Heart Hoof to make his next start.
Like the Toboggan, the Tom Fool
is contested at six furlongs on the inner track.
“We’re going to keep everything open,” said Rodriguez. “I’ll
talk to [owner] Michael Dubb and see what’s the best spot, but I think
we should go to the Tom Fool. It
looks like he loves the inner track and it looks like he’ll be
competing with the same horses, and time-wise it’s perfect.”
Rodriguez added that
Kelli Got Frosty, a distant second to Princess of Sylmar in Saturday’s Busher, came out of the race in good shape.
“We just have to place [Kelli Got Frosty] where Pletcher isn’t,”
said Rodriguez. “Pletcher’s filly is unbelievable. It was an easy pace,
but she just sprinted away from
them. She’s just a very special filly, and we were second best, I