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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Aqueduct Notes

Sorry for the light posting this week...and please bear with me for a few more days.

Trainer Michael Maker and owner Ken Ramsey got off the schneid with their 15th starter at the Big A; Rovic's Wealth ($6.60) recovered from a troubled start and some tight quarters on the turn to go last to first with a late burst to win going away. However, it was a mixed bag for the stable, with Diva's Gold going down at 3-4 in the third, ouch. Nine of their 15 unsuccessful starters have gone off at less than 3-1, so, despite the fact that the barn figures to come around (they have six seconds and four thirds), it's bettors beware.

Jack on the Rocks finished third for Lake, and was claimed by ex-Castle Villager Richie Munk's Funky Munky Stable.

Trainer Bruce Brown claimed Kiss and Fly ($13.20) for 20K out of her last, entered her in the 8th, a Starters Allowance for horses who graduated for 50K or less, AND had never won a race other than. The purse was a whopping $43,000, so the $25,800 winner's share more than covered that tag.

On Sunday, Brown will once again saddle Rap Tale in our continuing quest to get our filly some black type, as she'll go in the Affectionately.

Trainer Greg DiPrima ran Kamboo Man back for $7500 again despite his winning by 14 lengths in his last (in which he'd dropped off a close second for 14K). Only won by three this time.....and trainer Peter Chin, likely holding his breath, took a shot and claimed him, so good luck with that!