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Friday, January 23, 2009

Aqueduct Friday

In the second at the Big A on Friday, Supervision (3-1) drops in class for Levine, who missed sweeping the late double on Thursday by a head and nose. Not much to say here; just looks like a standout on class. Charming Mandate (2-1) beat several of these last out.

In the third, Gold for the Queen (6-1) moves up from the maiden ranks for trainer Charlton Baker. But she's faced winners before, in state-bred stakes races at the Finger Lakes. Those were her first two career starts, so her connections must have thought highly of this daughter of Gold Token, who brought only $2000 as a yearling. She's improved her Beyers in all three races since then, and defeated Rightly So, a very well-meant first-timer from Zayat and Anthony Dutrow who finished ten lengths ahead of the rest of the field. My Anguilla (8-5) was beaten at 2-5 in her first start against winners, as she ran into a bit of a buzzsaw in Yo Karakorum. Big fig when she graduated two back, so she'll a) be a short price again, and b) be tough if she gets loose. Here's hoping that the two inside horses can prevent the latter; Our Special Effort (8-1) needs a better start in her first start for trainer Randi Persaud, 11-3-2-2 off the claim.

In the 4th, Volos drops for Asmussen, 28-11-6-4 on the inner track. Just 3/4's back of the hard hitting Charging Hero in his last; and the 5th and 6th place horses came back to win. Looks too easy here at 3-1 morning line. Larrys Revenge (2-1) is a $250,000 Vindication colt who was third in the Gotham last spring. Been away since May, and drops drastically for Zito, sound familiar?

In the 6th, here's Asmussen again, this time with Baroness (4-1), stretching out after running second far behind the impressive Lights Off Annie. Excellent two turn form in her prior races, at Woodbine, with a mark of 9-4-0-2 in routes on the Poly there.


steve in nc said...

Another drop down to watch is in race 1: Sea of Trees, grabbed by Lake for $30k and now in for $14k. On Sheets, his # two races back is a standout and the off race that follows was a predictable bounce. It is possible this 6-year old may stay off form for awhile now, but he had reliably run good #s on dirt. If he looks on his toes in the post-parade, I'll take a stand against the chalk.

Your class standout in race two also has one of the few positive sheet patterns present, but I sure wish she had Dominguez up instead of Luzzi in what figures to be cat & mouse for lead between the two inside horses.

In race three, I'm hoping for a speed duel (and I presume you are too), but I may land on Glory Gold, whose pattern isn't as good as Gold for the Queen, but is faster on Sheets. I'm a little worried about the lack of workout, but Trombetta is 3 of 5 shipping to NYRA with maiden winners (all those winners showed workouts).

I'm with you on Volos, expecting bad things from Larry's Revenge once he has to duel for the lead.

Races 5 & 7 look like all button affairs.

In race 9, look out for Sigmundo if he looks on his toes. He has some big #s to run back to, faces a much weaker field than he's used to and may be gradually getting back into shape off the long layoff.

steve in nc said...

With Baroness, aren't you concerned about how slow her only dirt race was?

Alan Mann said...

>>With Baroness, aren't you concerned about how slow her only dirt race was?

No, because it was a sprint, and the horse is a two-turn specialist.

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