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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Aqueduct Notes

Mike Hushion has won six races in a row at the Big A - and seven overall when you add Saratoga Russell, who won at Penn National last week. And there he is, right on top of Thursday's card, with the one horse in the first. Bohemia Street (4-1) moves up in class and stays on dirt after winning an off-the-turf affair at Belmont. The italics on second place finisher Golden Guska tell you that that horse came back to win its subsequent race; what it doesn't tell you, and what you need Formulator (or a particularly acute memory) to know, is that he did so only after dropping into 15K state-bred claimers. Nor that the 3rd through 7th place finishers didn't fare so well in their subsequent efforts. Knowing that could be the key to success....or it could be the too-much-information that has you regretting that you read this post. Wild Conga (3-1) goes for another hot barn, that of Bill Badgett, four for nine and two seconds at the meet thus far.

Trainer Patrick Reynolds had won just four of 76 starters this year, and was winless in 20 starts dating back to July. So you're excused if you did not have the Reynolds early double for $137 at Aqueduct yesterday. Funny how we see that work out on a fairly regular basis.

Chad Brown took his sixth race from nine starters (plus two seconds) at the meet with Distant Strike ($4.90) in the 4th.

Pletcher took the Flitalong Stakes with his impressive three-year old filly West Ocean, stretching out and taking her third in a row, in her 4th career start. The Toddster is the Big A's leading trainer with nine wins from 27 starters. This filly is by Elusive Quality, out of Ocean Drive, a stakes winner on the turf herself and a half-sister to the popular graded stakes winner Sun King.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

does anyone know where the Gumpster horses have gone?