AQUEDUCT – 1/6/22
RACE 1: 1-2-6-4
The drop in class undoubtedly helped #1 GOT THE GOLD last time out, as he elevated his game en route to a second place finish at 5/2. He now meets a weaker field from top to bottom and figures to get a good stalking trip from the start.
RACE 2: 5-3-4-6
The impressive maiden win from #5 WATERS OF MEROM makes her the one to beat again in her first try against winners. She has the speed to stay close from the start and has upside given the improvement shown in that Keeneland score.
RACE 3: 6-4-1-7
#6 ARANJUEZ ran credibly in a stronger than par 30k maiden seller last time out given the performance of the winner. That one was a first time starter from a high percentage barn and he won impressively. If this one can take another step forward with more experience under his belt, he’s a threat at a fair price.
RACE 4: 2-3-1-7
#2 BIG Q was within range of a hot pace that setup a longshot winner from well off the pace. She now goes 2nd off a layoff for trainer Tom Morley, and her best efforts make her a contender from start to finish. The drop in class will also help her cause today for a barn that has had a nice run in the 2nd half of 2021.
RACE 5: 2-3-6-1
While it is not thrilling to take #2 INCONTROVERTIBLE in here off a no excuse runner-up finish last time out at 5/2, she is the one to beat. This is her 2nd start off a short layoff, and her dirt races are better than those of any in this field. A more aggressive ride will help her chances.
RACE 6: 1-2-6-4
The inside post and stretchout in distance should greatly help #1 CHLOE ROSE, who ran well at this level last time out. The winner of the race she exits came right back to score against NY bred allowance foes on Saturday. The lack of pace makes this one look that much more formidable today.
RACE 7: 2-1-4-6
#2 EASY TO BLESS was in the right place at the right time to finish 2nd last time out. She now stays at the same class level and is once again in light with the bug boy aboard. This consistent filly will be a square price and figures to get a good trip from just off the pace once again.
RACE 8: 9-3-1-5
#9 MAMA SAID NO is the outsider in this field, and trainer Tony Dutrow nearly pulled off a big upset with a Louisiana shipper in last month’s NY Stallion Series event. This filly has shown some life down in the Pelican State and should be moving well late under the triple bug.
WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STATS: 76-17-16-10 $112.20