I have two opinions to offer today which happen to bookend the card, but I must admit I didn’t spend a terribly long time handicapping these races. I’m still debating how big of a swing I might take at the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream later today and want to spend my spare time gearing up for tomorrow’s excellent Wood Memorial day card.
Aqueduct, Race 1: Claiming $16,000N2L at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares
It’s hard to really like anyone in this race and that’s why I’m going to Bird Fu (#7) who ran pretty well in her debut on turf. Despite being by Fusaichi Pegasus out of an A.P. Indy mare, she hails from a Fox Ridge Farm female family of runners that have almost universally preferred the turf. Her dam is actually a half-sister to Riskaverse, who won over $2 million on the turf. Bird Fu was off slowly in her career debut and passed some tired rivals in the stretch, but every horse that finished ahead of her that day is better than what she faces here.
$10 Win 7
Aqueduct, Race 9: Maiden Special Weight at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for NY-bred fillies and mares
Stock Fund can win this race at a short price, but she’s not the most exciting wagering proposition and has certainly had her chances. I also have no idea how ready she’ll be coming off the layoff prior to hearing Maggie Wolfendale’s paddock analysis. I’ll instead go to one of the first time turfers, Miz Owell (#7). Her dam had all of her minor successes come on the turf and she’s a half-sister to Key Event, a multiple stakes-placed turf runner who earned over $160,000. She also gets Lasix for the first time and Pat Kelly can win with these types, especially at Aqueduct. That’s enough for me in a race where the pickings are pretty slim.
$10 Win 7