Aqueduct Racetrack, owned by NYRA, is now full swing with its Winter Meet. Though the turf is covered until April, dirt racing is 100% available ... so, this is still one of the tracks that garners mass attention.
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 7: Wondrwherecraigis #5, 4/5):
There is much to like when it comes to this gelding from the excellent stable of Brittany Russell. She knows how to train, and I expect her to be a superstar in this sport. This son of Munnings really stepped up his game when it comes to class in the Tale of the Cat Stakes back at Saratoga in mid-August. He returned to Laurel Park, Russell’s base, and ended up 2nd in a Grade 3. Not letting that get him down, Russell shipped him to Belmont for the Bold Ruler H. (G3). That turned up roses, and we would expect the trip to Aqueduct to be no different. The Dubb-Madaket axis will employ Luis Saez, and he is as hot as can be. Russell and her team … they win!
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #5
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 5: Regal Rebel #10, 10/1):
The MyRacehorse experience keeps rolling, and fans continue to get excited about purchasing individual shares. Criticism was levelled against the process and the outcomes, but the fact of the matter is, it’s good for the game. Here is one of their runners that has some hidden upside. Sure, she ended up far back in her 2 starts so far, but I wouldn’t judge her only on those races. A daughter of Tiznow, she flashed some early speed last out on the turf, and that to me is a good sign, as she moves to the dirt on a cut back. Rob Atras is strong 2nd out, and this one is fit for the MyRacehorse squad. The choice of Manny Franco is a good one, and you know she will be a price, what with M/L odds in the double-digits. Let’s go …
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 1/8th, Queens County S., $125k, 3+):
If there are not any scratches out of this “BT” race on Sunday at Aqueduct, we might be looking at one of the most “wide-open” contests at this level of racing. There really is not a true “favorite” drawn in, even though Chad Brown’s well-bred gelding by Into Mischief is the “presumptive one.” I do not think Mystic Night #8 is that great an option. Sure, he is owned by Peter Brant and Three Chimneys, plus he will be ridden by ace Jose Ortiz, but he really failed to fire as the odds-on back at Keeneland on 23 October. If you think he is worthy of 5/2, then by-all-means back him … I cannot. I am much more interested in Greg Sacco’s Bal Harbour #7. This gelding by First Samurai is pretty classy based on his PPs, and the addition of Javier Castellano is just what he needs. This barn does not attempt these types of races often, so we shall see how prepared he is to do battle. I was actually impressed with his last race out at Del Mar in the Native Diver (G3); that day he was 16/1, made a 5-wide move, and ended up a respectable 4th. Last but not least, we absolutely cannot overlook Todd Pletcher’s Derby alum, Bourbonic #3. Who could forget his “from the clouds win” in the Wood Memorial (G2)? Since then, the Calumet homebred has not done much at all in the way of being even remotely competitive. We all know that the colt can handle the distance (he has a bevy of route races to his credit), so the time is right for this son of Bernardini to get on track. Let’s put him in a Tri Box, and see if we can get this ticket cashed!