I don’t have time to write a full entry and I won’t be able to start watching the races until late in the afternoon, but I’ve posted my picks for the races I’m interested in playing at Aqueduct. I’ve also picked one of my favorite three year-olds, Channel Isle, to win the Spiral Stakes at Turfway.
Aqueduct, Race 1: $10 Win 2 (Readysetketch) [SCRATCHED]
He’s just as talented as any of them and should be able to sit off a contested pace early. His last race is better than it looks since had to legitimately steady twice in the stretch.
Aqueduct, Race 6: $10 Win 8 (Jemaru)
$5 Win 1 (Dan’s Gold)
The claim by Steve Asmussen and replacement of the blinkers has me leaning towards Jemaru. I’ve been waiting for Dan’s Gold, but he’ll need to step up with his very best effort first time out for Contessa.
Aqueduct, Race 8: $10 Win 6 (Magic Harbor)
$5 Win 4 (Rein King) [WINNER; Payout: $37.00]
Magic Harbor figures to get a great pace scenario, which was not the case last time. I prefer him to Irish Lion, who may be going in the wrong direction. Rein King loves this one mile distance and may be the speed of the speed. When he’s at his best, he can win a race like this.
Aqueduct, Race 9, The Excelsior: $10 Win 7 (Ruler On Ice)
$5 Exacta Box 4/7 (Ruler On Ice–Mordi’s Miracle)
Ruler On Ice is the best horse in this race and figures to appreciate the nine furlongs more than anyone else. I’ll throw him in the exacta with up and comer Mordi’s Miracle, who is a bit of a question at the distance, but possesses plenty of raw ability.
Turfway, Race 10, The Spiral Stakes: $10 Win 2 (Channel Isle)
He should love stretching out to nine furlongs again and I think he’s subtly improved quite a bit this winter at Oaklawn. He’s really not a dirt horse and the return to a surface that will be kinder to him may produce his best effort yet.