AQUEDUCT – 1/26/23
RACE 1: 1-4-3-5
#1 CAIAROSSA ran up the rail late last time out and made a respectable move in her first start off a short layoff for H. James Bond. She now goes 2nd off a layoff and can improve again in light against a woeful field. It won’t take much to contend for top honors in this affair.
RACE 2: 4-6-1-2
The speed of the speed is #4 MAURITIUS, who drops in for a tag for the first time second off a trainer change to Rob Atras. He was a non-factor last time out against much tougher and should fit better here from a class perspective. If left to his own devices on the front end, he is a major threat to go the distance.
RACE 3: 3-1-6-7
#3 SICILIAN GRANDMA was hurt by a slow break from the rail last time out at Laurel in a race where the winner came from deep in the pack. This daughter of Army Mule now gets some class relief and Lasix for Tom Morley. The rider switch to Manny Franco is also notable given how he has gone of late around these parts.
RACE 4: 4-3-5-7
#4 MAJESTIC TIGER is interesting from just off the pace for Gustavo Rodriguez after checking in 2nd behind a runaway winner in a slow paced race last time out. He will not get much pace to run at here, but the likely pacesetter is exceptionally tough to trust. It would behoove Dylan Davis to keep him more engaged early today.
RACE 5: 2-9-5-4
The last effort from #2 BINGOOD TO KNOWYA was good enough to give him the nod given the late rally he put forth in a slow-paced heat. He draws inside today, but there’s confirmed speed amongst the experienced runners and that should help set the table. His two dirt races have also both been good enough to contend for top honors.
RACE 6: 5-3-6-7
There’s an argument to be made that #5 REED KAN got the wrong ride last time out. He was on top of the pace instead of his customary stalking position and that hurt him in crunch time. A more relaxed ride in his second start off a short break for the Kantarmaci barn will help him make noise at a price.
RACE 7: 4-1-3-6
The likelihood of a wet track today is high, and that will help #4 TIMELESS JOURNEY, who was 2nd last time out for trainer Ray Handal when moved to this level. She has improved on dirt since the barn switch and has more forward moves in her even as a 6 year-old. The 9th furlong could prove daunting, but the price is right.
RACE 8: 10-9-6-3
#10 DR. MARBOOZ was pace compromised last time out when 4th in a race common among a number of runners in this field. He is a late threat here with a better pace setup and should be a huge price given the connections represented . He has also been in respectable form and can be a good key horse underneath in vertical wagers.
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