This past Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park featured a talented colt coming out of a maiden special weight run at 7 furlongs. The forth race was won by first time starter Constitution who is trained by Todd Pletcher and out of the sire Pulpit. Constitution won by out dueling Juba, another colt from the Pulpit offspring. The two finished 1-2 but offered little in the way of a surprise in the payouts as they went off as the top two choices in the betting. On the dam side the Todd Pletcher trained colt; is out of the mare Baffled, who is the daughter to powerful sire Distorted Humor. Constitution was bet down from 4-1 in the morning line to post time favorite odds of 6-5.
The bay colored horse was a $400K purchase from WinStarr Farm during the August Faston Tipton Sale. Coming into Saturday, the colt was receiving a lot of buzz from a trio of standout workouts he recently had. On Nov. 19th he fired a bullet 1/19 running 3 furlongs in :36 4/5ths, that was followed by a 5 furlong 1:00 3/5ths, then just to destroy whatever value he may have gotten in his first race, he fired another impressive 5 furlong bullets 1:00 2/5ths.
As for the race what was impressive is not so much that the Pletcher first time starter won; as it's business as usual for Todd as he is hitting at 24% in MSW's this winter at Gulfstream. What is impressive is more how the horse won. Constitution didn't break well from the gate, he didn't necessarily miss the break, he just didn't seam to have the same idea as the other horses when the gates opened. Luckily he was being rode by Javier Casstellano who is hands down one of the top jockeys in the country. Knowing what he had under him as far as speed and talent, Castellano wasted no time in gunning him back up to the lead. This is a risky move that unquestionably puts all the blame on the jockey if things don't workout, which signaled that Castellano felt very confident in his horse from those posted workouts.
By the time they ran 3/16ths of a mile, Constitution had passed seven other horses and caught up to the leader Juba. From there they engaged in a pace duel for the remainder of the race. This is where the Constitution impressed, not only did he out duel and turn away his main competition, but he did it against the rail, which can be intimidating for any horse with little to no experience.
This style of victory is very similar to the one Honor Code got at Saratoga. After that victory Honor Code received a ton of buzz, and has gone on to defend that with an impressive race in the Champagne followed by another impressive one in the Remsen. What makes the buzz Honor Code got so noteworthy is also how he broke his maiden. In his race he came back from 22 lengths behind in the slop and closed so strong that he won practically under wraps.
After the race Constitution's odds for winning the Kentucky Derby dropped from 200-1 to 40-1. There is no word yet as to where Todd Pletcher will race the horse next.