AQUEDUCT – 4/6/23
RACE 1: 6-5-1-4
#6 K D KAKES is clearly the one to beat in the opener given her recent exacta finishes against comparable foes. The outside post enables her to stalk the pace and pounce when ready in a spot where her odds will dip under 2-1.
RACE 2: 5-4-6-3
#5 BASTET is a heavy favorite off a good runner-up finish at this level last month. She stalked a hot pace that day and made the first move before getting run down by a deep closer. The pace scenario works in her favor today given the lack of confirmed zip that’ll force things along early.
RACE 3: 3-2-6-1
The pace is there for #3 CUSTOMEREXPERIENCE, who does her best running late. This mare landed on a surface that was strongly tilted towards speed last time out and she never made an impression. This is a big class drop second off a layoff additionally, and she should be a square price at the windows.
RACE 4: 4-3-5-6
#4 GASLIGHT is dropping in class, as he has not been seen for a tag since August of last year. This son of Wicked Strong was a non-factor last time out but was wide much of the way on a surface where the rail was best. He is a late runner who’ll need pace help, but he’s a great fit class-wise and in terms of price.
RACE 5: 6-7-4-5
In a smashing debut win, #6 SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS looked like a future NY bred stakes runner. He drew off to win by over 8 against an overmatched field that included a next out maiden winner. This gelding has tactical speed and should have no issue with the added ground he’ll traverse this time around.
RACE 6: 3-7-4-5
#3 VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD is a pace player off a strong effort at the 8k level on a surface that was tilted towards speed. This gelding should be forwardly placed today off the claim by Orlando Noda and is quick enough to be a player from the outset. The weight break helps his chances as well.
RACE 7: 4-1-5-6
#4 CELESTIAL MOON has won two straight since moving to dirt and looms a major player again, even on the class jump. He has enough tactical speed to be a player and that’s why he’s been so dangerous in his last two. The dry surface is the only bit of uncharted territory that he’ll try here.
RACE 8: 5-1-8-7
#5 DANSEUR D’ORO is the one to beat on paper after chasing a wire-to-wire winner last time out at this level. She is a daughter of Bolt d’Oro who came back as a 3YO just as good as she was last year/. An aggressive ride would help her chances given the lack of speed signed up in here.
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