AQUEDUCT – 4/14/22
RACE 1: 1/1A-3-5
#1 SPEAKS FOR ITSELF is a firster by Malibu Moon, whose progeny hit at a 12% clip on debut. Her winless dam has only one foal to race who is 0-1 but the 2nd dam is out of a decorated family that includes Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status. That’s enough to land here.
RACE 2: 6-3-2-1
#6 SCOTTY is an interesting off the pace candidate in a race that should have a respectable early tempo. He was a distant second behind a runaway winner last time out but is holding his form respectably since being claimed. The odds here will be in your favor as well.
RACE 3: 1-6-3-5
The late running #1 BOSSMAKINBOSSMOVES is the right price horse here and he enters in improving form for Rick Schosberg. The favorite on the outside has major question marks, but should set the table for a late-running type. Look for this son of Laoban in the closing stages.
RACE 4: 8-2-5-6
All signs point to #8 INVESTMENT INCOME being a heavy favorite and likely P6 single here. She takes the biggest class drop in racing and has faced considerably better rivals in prior turf tries. The best thing is she can overcome a negative pace setup with her tactical speed.
RACE 5: 8-10-6-9
#8 SASSY MELISSA held good form for much of 2021 and ran the best race of her career last time out first time for Jeremiah Englehart. She now goes 2nd off the bench and will be re-united with the pilot who was on board for each of her two prior wins. Look for her to take up position in stalk and pounce territory from the outset.
RACE 6: 4-1-7-5
#4 ALITE received a surprisingly aggressive ride last time out and understandably tired late. He now gets a rider change and can sit just off the pace if the situation presents itself. He has been stuck inside in three straight starts, and that has not been the place to be for much of the winter at the Big A.
RACE 7: 6-1-2
#6 CAFÉ SOCIETY failed as the favorite last time out and now bids to rebound in search of her second career win. She is an off the pace type who often finds herself at the mercy of the early tempo. Things should set up respectably, and the Florida dirt form should trump that of the locals this time of year.
RACE 8: 2/2B-5-8-10
Trainer Chad Brown can give weary P6 players a lifeline here with #2 KURAMATA and #2B FLOP SHOT, especially if the latter draws in off the AE list. They are each faster than the rivals they meet today and have the advantage of recent form. That is never in abundance this early in turf season and gives them an edge.
RACE 9: 11-5-1-2
In a skull-busting nightcap, go with speed over pedigree on #11 CROSSTALK. She debuted against MSW foes at Tampa Bay Downs and showed speed before tiring. Her turf pedigree is modest, even with one minor winner on the damside, but she has the early foot to get control here. This trip often plays very kindly to speed.