Grade 3 Skipaway Draws Interesting Matchup

Grade 3 Skipaway Draws Interesting Matchup

Category : News - Thu 31/03/2016 - 21:27 EDT

A flurry of stakes racing populates the April 2 closing day card at Gulfstream Park beginning in race 5 with the Grade 3, $150,000 Skipaway Stakes as a field of six older horses will contest the mile and one eighth event on the main track.

Valid is the even money favorite on the morning line despite his preference for racing at a flat mile. The Marcus Vitali trainee was roughed up in his last start, nearly falling to his knees after being bumped hard in the stretch during the running of the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. The six year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro may have been a winner last out if not for the trouble, but had to settle for third following the disqualification of Anchor Down. Valid may be more effective going shorter, but the gutsy gelding has been effective at the mile and an eighth trip, including a recent second-place finish to multiple graded stakes winner Mshawish in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

Savoy must step up 

Savoy Stump (3/1) will likely need to continue his upward mobility to factor against the likes of Valid. The Todd Pletcher trainee won a March 16 allowance race at a mile and a sixteenth with a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, but steps up in class and tackles another sixteenth of a mile. The improving four year-old colt would likely need the favorite to run out of gas in the stretch in order to pull the upset. 

Team Colors has live look 

Team Colors (7/2) is a more interesting choice while racing on fast dirt for the first time in his career. The four year-old of Street Cry is out of an A.P. Indy mare - a pedigree tailor-made for dirt racing - but has raced exclusively on turf with the exception of a muddy track score last out in a January 17 allowance race at Gulfstream. The workouts for his return are swift and this guy looks to be the main danger. 

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