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Thursday, January 07, 2010

This Bluff’s for Real

A choice of “features” today since two Aqueduct allowance races have the identical highest purses. We’re opting for the third race, a sprint for older fillies and mares, because of an opportunity for true value.

That’s what happens when, by definition, the fastest horse is an early line third choice.

Kissa Melissa with Dominguez is a worthy stronger half of the Friedman entry at 9-5, coming off a semi-wide trip against allowance rivals on this surface last out.

But Purrfect Bluff (7-2) is faster, a three-quarter mile specialist coming off a series of sharp wins in arguably tougher claiming company. The five-week spacing looks just right and she’s nicely drawn outside in a small field.

Taking Purrfect Bluff to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Kissa Melissa.

Running Totals: (570) 178-116-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Bialystock and Zoom

Unlike a lot of six-horse fields, today’s Aqueduct feature, a classified-optional allowances, is highly competitive where virtually all have some kind of chance. Taking a short price--whichever horse that might be--is not advisable.

This very much will be a rider’s race and if the pace isn’t going to be hot, it should be contested. It’s unlikely that all his rivals will allow the speedy His Greatness, coming out of sprints, to get away soft.

Broadway Producer (8-1) has an excellent upset chance. Making his second start off a layup, the mini-turnback to a mile should suit his style. Yes, he has many seconds and thirds on his card but, he’ll never get a better chance to put it all together with this group. Channing Hill should be a good fit.

Taking Broadway Producer to win at 5-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with the Dutrow boys; His Greatness (5-2) is first time Rick and Smiley Pete (7-2) has improved since moving into brother Anthony’s shedrow.

Running Totals: (569) 178-116-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 02, 2010

Pletcher Continues His Roll at Big A

Last year, it was a promising New York bred who first got to show his 3-year-old wares in the Count Fleet. New Year, same story, as Todd Pletcher’s outfit will continue to dominate the local stakes scene in New York.

Ibboyee (8-5) overcame a stumbling beginning and was an impressive winner of the state-bred Damon Runyon over this track, at today’s distance. Class drop notwithstanding, there’s no reason it can’t be déjà vu all over again.

He has the tools, the figures and the style--and his inside draw and Ramon Dominguez won’t hurt either. In good conscience we can’t go against him. But we can make some money if a Pha. Park shipper gets in the number.

Afleet Again (15-1) is not as fast as these but is developing beautifully, making incremental improvement, and is learning how to distribute his energy. The race he comes out of produced a winner from two subsequent starters. Only knock is the post.

Taking Ibboyee to win, no price restrictions, and taking Afleet Again to complete exactas and trifectas.

Running Totals: (569) 178-116-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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