AQUEDUCT – 1/7/23
RACE 5: 9-2-1-4
#9 DOCTOR LOVE goes first off a claim for Tom Morley, whose barn does well with these types. Over the last five years, Morley is 26% with dirt routers first off a claim ($3.28 ROI) and this son of Cairo Prince should have a pace stalking trip this afternoon.
RACE 6: 2-5-9-4
#2 FABULOUSLY FUNNY is a firster by Practical Joke, whose progeny hit at a 19% clip. The dam here was a one-time winner and she has dropped 5 winners from 7 to race. This barn is more than capable of having one ready on debut as well.\
RACE 7: 8-9-7-4
#8 GRUMPS LITTLE TOTS is working his way back into form for trainer Charlie Baker after a good runner-up effort last time out. He has form from years gone by that would make him tough to handle here and the pace should work in his favor.
RACE 8: 4-1-6-5
The distance is the only real issue for #4 LUGAN KNIGHT, who has kept good company so far in his brief career. He made a strong move before flattening out last time at Churchill when 3rd behind subsequent stake winner Victory Formation.
RACE 9: 1-2-3-7
With one more speed horse signed up after the re-draw of this race, #1 FOREWARNED has a slightly better chance to pull off an upset. He is a late runner who has always been at his best here at Aqueduct and he gets a pass for his poor recent run at Laurel.
RACE 10: 7-9-1-12
#7 FIRING CAROL can be a late threat here at a price for Ricardo Legall, who scored two wins here on opening day. This gal ran an improved race last out and is in decent form while in the midst of a big, evenly matched field.