Thursday’s Racing Insights: Soldado Looks for Second Straight at Gulfstream

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Soldado | Leslie Martin

9th-GP, $52K, OC62k/N2X, 4yo/up, 6f, 5:07 p.m.
Soldado (Verrazano), an impressive front-running optional claiming winner with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in his Feb. 6 comebacker for Todd Pletcher, looks to put them back-to-back in Hallandale. The $80,000 FTKTUR yearling turned $8,000 EASMAY juvenile (How Steve Young Found the Bargain of the Year, by Bill Finley) debuted with a promising decision at this distance at Gulfstream last February over subsequent City of Laurel S. winner and GII Amsterdam S. third ‘TDN Rising Star’ Honest Mischief (Into Mischief), but disappointed in a pair of efforts once stretched out, including a fourth-place finish in his two-turn debut behind recent GIII Razorback H. winner Warrior’s Charge (Munnings) at Oaklawn in his 2019 finale last April. He has been assigned the rail for the second straight time here. TJCIS PPs

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