Prospect Watch: 4 horses at 4 tracks across the country

Prospect Watch: 4 horses at 4 tracks across the country
Photo: Gulfstream Park

This week’s edition of Prospect Watch travels across the country.

Gulfstream Park in Florida, Oaklawn in Arkansas, Los Alamitos in California and Turfway Park in Kentucky. Four tracks in four states. Here are promising 2-year-olds debuting at each track:


Gulfstream Park race 6: Maiden special weight (one mile on turf, 2:38 p.m. EST)

No. 7 Ok Boomer

Age: 2

Pedigree: Noble Mission–Madame Dubois, by Count Dubois

Purchase price: N/A

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

It isn’t surprising to see Ok Boomer debuting in a one-mile turf test, because running long on grass is what he’s bred to do. Sire Noble Mission won three Group 1 prizes racing 1 1/4 miles or farther and is a full brother to British superstar Frankel, and dam Madame Dubois won multiple Group 3 prizes competing on turf in South Africa.

Ok Boomer breezed a couple of times over the Saratoga turf training track during the summer and has since put together a steady work tab at Palm Beach Downs. Trainer Todd Pletcher has enlisted hot jockey Luis Saez to ride, so all signs suggest Ok Boomer has a chance to challenge on Saturday.

Oaklawn Park race 5: Maiden special weight (5 1/2 furlongs, 3:22 p.m.)

No. 5 Juilliard

Age: 2

Pedigree: Speightstown–Rattataptap, by Tapit

Purchase price: N/A

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset

There’s a lot of class in the pedigree of Juilliard. He’s a son of champion and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown out of Rattataptap, a stakes-placed daughter of three-time leading North American sire Tapit. Rattataptap already has enjoyed success as a broodmare, foaling Bashford Manor (G3) winner and Breeders’ Futurity (G1) runner-up Double Thunder.

Juilliard has posted a couple of solid half-mile workouts at Oaklawn, highlighted by 48.2-second gate move on Nov. 28. Clockers noted he was traveling “handily” rather than “breezing,” a distinction indicating Juilliard traveled easily. He’s well worth watching on debut for trainer Rodolphe Brisset, an 18 percent winner with first-time starters this year.

Los Alamitos race 7: Maiden special weight (one mile, 6:30 p.m.)

No. 8 Donttestyourluck

Age: 2

Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky–More Hoping, by North Light

Purchase price: $100,000

Trainer: Leandro Mora

Donttestyourluck wasn’t the most expensive of auction acquisitions, selling for $100,000 as a yearling. But you can’t knock the class in his pedigree. Sire Lookin At Lucky won two Eclipse Awards and is the sire of 2018 champion older dirt Male accelerate and 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House, while dam More Hoping previously foaled Australia’s Coolmore Classic (G1) winner Lighthouse.

This is a pedigree geared toward late maturity, so Donttestyourluck isn’t necessarily going to be a win-early type. But debuting over one mile should help because Donttestyourluck is bred to excel running one mile or farther. Don’t be shocked if Donttestyourluck fires a competitive shot in his first run under colors.


Turfway Park race 5: Maiden special weight (six furlongs on Tapeta, 2:45 p.m.)

No. 6 Dinah Jo

Age: 2

Pedigree: Carpe Diem–Tortuga Lady, by Thunder Gulch

Purchase price: $27,000

Trainer: Susan Anderson

A daughter of Blue Grass (G1) and Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Carpe Diem, Dinah Jo is slated to become the 13th starter foaled by Tortuga Lady, whose previous runners include undefeated Sunland Park Oaks winner Princess Arabella and the multiple graded stakes-placed turf router Dyna’s Lassie.

Carpe Diem matured from an early age and his progeny lean on the speedy side, so it’s not unrealistic to think Dinah Jo could show spark sprinting six furlongs as a juvenile. Brisnet stats indicate trainer Susan Anderson wins at a solid 19 percent rate with horses debuting in maiden special weights, so don’t count Dinah Jo out of the mix.

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