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Head Heart Hoof in Fine Fettle

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 think.”


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