Wednesday, April 15
Race 1: Claiming $16,000N2L at 7 1/2 furlongs
6 – Campion Lane
In the opener, I want to play against Two Seventeen (#4), who is probably going to be a strong favorite. Of course he can win, and his pace advantage helps, but I haven’t liked his last few races and feel there are better options in here. Clifton Pleasure (#1) might be the best horse in this race, but his lack of speed concerns me. For that reason, I’ve landed on Campion Lane (#6), who I think will appreciate getting back to one turn. He ran well enough to win a race at this level three back and has just been placed too ambitiously since.
$15 Win 6
$5 Exacta Box 4,6 (Payout: $11.50)
Race 3: Allowance N1X at 6 1/2 furlongs
5 – Spark
With Room for Me out, I’ve landed on Spark (#5). Her debut was fine, and then last time she was racing against a rail bias at Gulfstream while facing tougher competition. I would use her with Court Dancer (#1), who was against the bias on March 22. Both of these fillies should benefit from what has to be a contested early pace.
$20 Win 5
$10 Exacta Box 1,5
Race 5: Optional Claiming $62,500/N2X at 1 1/16 miles on the turf
7 – Blacktype
I view Blacktype (#7) as a very likely winner of the first NYRA turf race race of 2015. He may not have liked the soft course in his stateside debut, and then was totally blocked through most of the stretch run last time. Smooth Daddy (#4) is the other main player and definitely has a chance, but I feel that Blacktype will prove to be the better horse. Aqueduct-loving Idle American (#3) is a little overmatched in this spot, but don’t leave him out of your trifectas at a price.
$25 Win 7 (Payout: $52.50)
$5 Trifecta 7 with 4 with 1,3,8
$5 Trifecta 7 with 1,3,8 with 4 (Payout: $76.00)
Race 8: Claiming $25,000 at six furlongs for fillies and mares
2 – Madre Ditutticapi
Trail Walker (#4) is probably the horse to beat as she takes a steep class drop off the layoff. I don’t totally trust her, but I’ll definitely be using her. My top pick, however, is Madre Ditutticapi (#2). She’s coming off a similar layoff, but I’m not so worried about the drop in class given her recent performances. I can make an excuse for at least one of them, when she was against the bias on November 19. If Madre Ditutticapi runs anything close to her best race, she’s a major player here and I feel like she’s could go off at a pretty generous price.
$15 Win/Place 2
$5 Exacta Box 2,4
Race 9: Maiden Claiming $40,000 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for NY-breds
3 – Alexa’s Spirit
4 – Spicy Sider
Do you really need Hushhushmushmush (#6) at a short price? I know I don’t. For me, this race is all about the first time turfers.
Alexa’s Spirit’s (#3) dam is a half-sister to Orb, which means that they’re out of Lady Liberty, a winner at 1 1/2 miles on the turf as well as the dam of Cause of Freedom, also a turf route winner. Alexa’s Spirit’s broodmare sire, Strong Hope, won’t top anyone’s list of great sires, but he is actually a decent turf influence and many of his best progeny were turf horses. One of his most notable champions, Stuart Janney III, bred to him a few times to get some decent turf runners, such as Seal Cove. He is also the breeder of Alexa’s Spirit’s dam. I know Maggie Wolfendale likes Alexa’s Spirit stretching out, and I think he just might take to the turf.
At a bigger price, I also want to use Spicy Sider (#4), who didn’t do much running in his debut, but is a half-brother to Pennington, a good NY-bred turf horse that placed in a couple of restricted stakes. Spicy Sider goes out for the underrated but capable Andrew Lakeman.
$20 Win 3 (Payout: $116.00)
$10 Win 4
$2 Exacta Box 3,4,6 (Payout: $31.00)