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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Aqueduct Saturday

In the second, Wall Street Wonder (4-1) makes just his second career start on dirt, and his first for trainer John Terranova (44% in the turf to dirt category). His one dirt effort was a 12 length defeat; his next biggest margin of defeat in his ten race career was four. But he could hold a speed and class edge in an interesting entry-level open allowance. His one dirt race was in a Grade 2 stakes at Calder, where he flashed excellent speed with Moss pace figures that far outrank his competitors here; and that after a stumble at the start. He succumbed after dueling on the front end with Prince Joshua, who won the Select Stakes at Monmouth in his next start, and then, after two throwouts in the slop at Saratoga, ran a close second in a FL-bred stakes at Calder with a Beyer of 103.

Wall Street Wonder is by City Place, a Storm Cat sire (remember when they were all the rage?) standing in Florida. Though the stallion stands for just $5,000, this colt sold for $325,000 at the Barretts sale in March 2008. So I surmise that he must have been pretty impressive over the dirt surface at Fairplex Park. Looking for him to outbreak and outclass a field featuring three NY-breds out of state-bred conditions (one off a 21 month layoff) and a maiden graduate from Philly Park.

- The Toddster keeps rolling along; another winner on Friday - Every Little Thing ($5.20) in the finale - gives him a three in a row here; and he's been in the money with his last 12 (8-3-1)!


Anonymous said...

I don't get to type this too often so must comment "Solid card at Big A today", especially the first three races which is quite unusual.

Of the three NY Bred graduates to open company, Rereadthefootnotes might be a very nice horse and Montecore also sold very well for a NY Bred. Nice contest.

That written, WSW is must play at ML odds of 4-1.

ballyfager said...

Wall St. Wonder will almost certainly be overbet. It's what NY horseplayers do best. Rereadthefootnotes and Stellwagon look like plausible alternatives to me.

If Stellwagon runs anywhere near his maiden victory the race is over(granted that's a big if).

Anonymous said...

Nice pick. Won with ease.

Anonymous said...

5-1, $34 exacta, ez game :-)

Nice job Alan, even a blind squirrel...

ballyfager said...

Well, I was wrong about the price but it was all to the good. I boxed the 3,5,6. That's why I like 3 horse boxes. The horse I really liked (5) ran out and yet I still made money on the race.

wmcorrow said...

Thanks for the help. Caught the double. Got to wager the rest of the day on 'their' money; a nice feeling, and a rare occurrence.

Let's do it again next Saturday.