Category Archive: Horses to Watch

Apr 06 2014

Sunday at Aqueduct

Race 7: Allowance N1X at one mile for NY-bred fillies and mares While I’m not thrilled to see the same rider back on MLLE. MINUIT (#3) again this afternoon, I’ll hope he learned from his mistake last time. Rarely do you see such an egregious tactical error as the one Wilmer Garcia made in the …

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Apr 05 2014

Wood Memorial Day

As Steve Crist pointed out in a recent Daily Racing Form article, the absence of turf racing on Wood Memorial day necessitates that the undercard be filled out with claiming and state-bred dirt races. While this may be a disappointment to some, for anyone who had the patience and fortitude to focus on New York …

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Apr 01 2014

New Horses to Watch (Mar 27 – 31)

For the first Horses to Watch entry on Aqueduct’s main track, I’ll only focus on four races. I should have more to discuss in coming weeks as more stables ship horses up from Florida and turf racing resumes. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Race 8: So Scott (#1) & Sailmate (#7) Though Big Business returned from a …

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Mar 31 2014

Final Monday at Aqueduct

Race 1: Claiming $20,000 at one mile for NY-bred fillies and mares There are two win candidates in this race. Rodinia is 3-5 on Eric Donovan’s morning line and she’ll probably go off at close to those odds. She can certainly win, but she was aided by a gold rail in her last win and …

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Mar 30 2014

Sunday at Aqueduct

Race 1: Starter Allowance $20,000 at one mile for fillies and mares Mess in a Dress is just that—incredibly dressed up—and I want no part of her in this race. Her last win received a Beyer speed figure of 81. At first glance, one might think that there is precedent for a number so high …

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Mar 29 2014

Saturday at Aqueduct

Race 3: Starter Allowance $40,000 at one mile I strongly prefer Pin and Win (#2) to the likely co-favorite Missile Nick. I had felt at the time that Pin and Win’s most recent start was stronger than the Beyer speed figure it was assigned due to an unusually quick opening quarter mile on a day …

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Mar 26 2014

New Horses to Watch (Mar 20 – 24)

This is the final Inner track installment of these Horses to Watch entries. The quirks of the racing surface certainly made it a difficult winter for horseplayers. I can’t recall an inner track season in recent memory that was so greatly affected by track biases. On the bright side, I feel like I’m entering the spring …

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Mar 23 2014

Sunday at Aqueduct

Race 2: Claiming $20,000 at six furlongs for NY-breds The scratches really altered the complexion of this race. Dan’s Gold and Won Great Classic may very well have been the top two choices in the wagering, but the scratch of Dan’s Gold in particular really changes the way the pace should set up. Now The …

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