Thursday, March 19
Race 2: Maiden Special Weight at one mile and 70 yards
6 – Get Out of Town
Obviously Cosmo Blue and Special Ops are the horses to beat, but I’m not particularly scared of either one. Instead, I’ll take a shot with the new face, Get Out of Town (#6). He was away slowly in his debut, and probably needed the race anyway. Given how aggressive Daniel Conway has placed some of these new acquired Sam-Son Farm horses, I think it’s a positive sign that this one is running without a tag attached.
$15 Win 6
Race 3: Claiming $25,000N2L at six furlongs
4 – Super Nicky
Imposing Figure is the horse to beat, but it’s fair to question where he’s been for the past 3 months and why he’s running for $25,000. Flag On the Play is the most obvious alternative, but I’m wary of all of these late-winter Linda Rice dropdowns, and I actually thought Super Nicky (#4) ran just as well last time. Super Nicky was off very slowly, raced wide around the turn, and actually stayed on very well through the stretch to only be beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Flag on the Play. With a clean break today, I’ll take Super Nicky to upset.
$20 Win 4
$5 Exacta Box 4,6
Race 7: Optional Claiming $40,000/N2X at one mile and 70 yards for NY-bred fillies and mares
3 – Piccolo Flats
I’m not convinced that likely favorite Sheriffa really wants to go two turns. I’m fairly confident that the best horse in this race over a route of ground is Piccolo Flats (#3) and she is the pick. She didn’t get the best of trips last time. If Irad Ortiz can get her more involved early in the race, as he did when she broke her maiden, I think she’ll win.
$25 Win 3
Race 8: Maiden Claiming $25,000 at one mile for NY-breds
5 – Rockjaz
Ziggy Moondust and Fictionalcharacter are the two most likely winners, but I don’t trust either one. Rather, I’m going to hope that Rockjaz (#5) just needed his first start going a mile and can improve enough to beat this field. Last time he was away very slowly going six furlongs, actually ran on well thereafter to finish sixth. Today, he gets a rider upgrade to Fernando Jara and adds blinkers. It’s enough for me to take a shot in a race where I’m not enamored with anyone else.
$10 Win 5
$5 Exacta 6,7 with 5