Most Likely Winner: (Race 1: Investment Income #1, 3/1):
I am hoping this is one of those Chad Brown runners that gets overlooked during the post parade. The Klaravich-owned filly should have a much better record than she has right now. A daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), I think this is her breakout race. Bred by Dixiana Farms and the Farish outfit is a great legacy to lean on. The red-lettered “KS” should be rolling late, with Irad Ortiz in the irons. The turf at Aqueduct will not last long … enjoy!
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #1
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 5: Lookin to Fly #3, 10/1):
Trainer Joe Sharp sends a string pretty regularly up to the NYRA tracks, and I do not think he should be underestimated. This filly is a 4-yr-old who most recently dropped down to this Claiming level back at Belmont. That race did not go particularly well, but it does not mean that the turfer cannot rebound on the Inner Turf Course. The best news is that Luis Saez gets the call once again, and that is a positive. His abilities on the grass this past year have grown by leaps and bounds. At 10/1, or maybe even higher, will make this one an inviting bet.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 6F, OC45k, 3+):
A quality mid-grade OC event, this race has a good group of runners that will be taking on that 1-turn at the “Big A.” The odds-on favorite in this spot is probably going to be the Baker Barn’s Gold Panda #7. With Manny Franco aboard once again, the gelding should be trying to vie for the lead early on. He is going to have some rival that are hot on his heels. I think Big Bobby #6 (Bill Mott-trainee) and Winners Laugh #5 look formidable and they should round out this ticket. The latter, trained by Horacio DePaz, has some power early, and if he breaks well, then the rest of this field better watch out. Looks like a square bet at somewhere around 7/2 … Bet it!