Nick Tammaro’s Aqueduct Analysis – Sunday, February 21

AQUEDUCT – 2/21/2021

RACE 1: 5-1-2

#5 CRYSTAL STEPS was firmly attached to a dead rail last time out on a wet surface and now goes 2nd off a lengthy break with blinkers added.  With a clean break she could take them the distance at a big price.

RACE 2: 2-4-1

#2 MARKET ALERT was involved in a hot pace most recently before tiring late and can now revert to his preferred tactics.  There’s other speed signed up and that will help him lay back and make one run.

RACE 3: 5-8-2-5

The drop in for a tag for #5 EIGHT WEEKS LONG didn’t do the trick last time, but he also spent a great deal of time on a bad inside that day.  He goes 2nd off the bench now and gets an upgrade at pilot.

RACE 4: 5-6-4-3

#5 CLASSY PAPA faced considerably tougher competition most recently and now moves back into the N3L ranks.  He has good speed and the addition of blinkers, along with his ascending speed figures is encouraging.

RACE 5: 6-1-4

It is unclear why a horse with the speed #6 REJECTED AGAIN possesses was dragged back early last time, but he still finished with aplomb to be third.  A more aggressive ride will help today from a cozy outside post.

RACE 6: 2-5-7-3

#2 CAUSE TO DREAM represents low percentage connections but looms a major pace player coming off a race in which she spent the entirety on a bad rail.  She will offer value here and looks to be training quite well.

RACE 7: 1A-4-9-5

The red-hot barn of Rudy Rodriguez will be represented by #1A TIERGAN, who is cheap but still has upside as a dirt horse.  He should get some pace to run at in here and the favorites hardly inspire confidence.

RACE 8: 4-7-1-3

Much like Rejected Again earlier on in the card, #4 MALIBU STAR was inexplicably taken back early in his last start.  He showed nothing, but that effort was too bad to be believed and he should be given another shot in this spot.

RACE 9: 2-3-10-5

The rail was not the place to be when #2 GRIT AND GLORY raced along it last time out.  He now gets some class relief second off a claim in a tough 12.5k seller.  Look for him to be in stalk and pounce range early.

AQUEDUCT STATS: 84-22-12-11   $137.00

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