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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A Holiday Two-Fer
The Feature Race Analysis Will Resume When Aqueduct Returns from its Christmas Holiday Break
Since this will be the last set of selections until after Christmas, and since there are co-featured overnight stakes for juveniles at Parx, one for each sex, we’ll look at both features today.
Coax Liberty (8-5) is a very worthy early line favorite to win the Brandywine. After cutting her teeth in graded stakes all summer, she turned back into a sprint in a preliminary allowances and was an authoritative winner of her Parx debut Nov. 12. She has continued to train with purpose at her Fair Hill base.
But we’ll go for some Christmas gusto with Spring Jump (10-1) who was n excellent come-again second after setting a very strong pace in a recent Delaware overnighter over a sealed, sloppy track, a race that produced a subsequent winner from as many starters.
She’s seven weeks fresh for this and is poised for a forward move but fair odds are a must vs. this salty group of baby sprinting fillies.
Taking Spring Jump
to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with the favorite and Alexandra Rylee (4-1), the beaten favorite behind Coax Liberty last out but is committed to a forward position here given her rail draw.
The co-featured Brandywine for the boys features a sure odds on favorite in Fort Hughes (2-1), an extremely fast winner of his only start in New York and now ships here for the team of Kiaran McLaughlin and Ramon Dominguez. Obviously will be a tough out in this spot.
But it’s Royal Currier (3-1) which intrigues more, given his wide edge in experience and winning ways, taking three of five including two exacta finishes. Also seven weeks fresh, he’s nicely positioned, picks up Steward Elliott and is poised for another forward move.
Taking Royal Currier
to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Fort Hughes.
Running Totals: (779) 249-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,734.10 [win selections only]
Written by John Pricci
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Speed + Stamina = Winning Entry
Today’s Big A feature is the Gravesend Handicap, a highly contentious meeting of some of the Northeast’s fastest sprinters. For me, the problem is that Todd Pletcher holds a strong hand with the Mike Repole entry, rated 9-5 on the early line, and they loom the most likely winners.
Driven By Success certainly needs no introduction. He’s a three-time winner at the distance, has won on the winter track, and the speedy race shape suits his late-run style.
And the horse he might be running down late is his mate, Calibrachoa, who is capable of setting or pressing the pace, gets weight as a late-season three-year-old, and breezed sharply recently for his first start off a rare Pletcher claim. Nicely positioned, David Cohen suits this runner’s style perfectly.
Taking the Repole entry to win, no price restrictions, and keying either or both first and second with the extremely hard hitting Endless Circle and the improved late developer, Jack On The Rocks.
Running Totals: (778) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]
Written by John Pricci
Friday, December 17, 2010
Fugitive Makes Good
Today’s Aqueduct feature is the Jena Jena overnight stakes for stat-bred fillies and mares, 3 & up, going a mile and 70 yards on the winter oval. And an interesting one it is.
There’s no question that Shine Upon, 5-2, is sharp now and returns to the surface over which she is undefeated at 2-for-2. Further, one of those victories came at today’s distance.
But it’s the uncoupled mate, Karakorum Fugitive, 4-1, that peaks our interest. Interesting that David Cohen presumably had his choice of mounts but opted for this miss, whose spacing coming up to this is more desirably. Further, she also is a two-time winter track winner who should enjoy a covered up trip chasing the speed from close range. Her mate came out of the Iroquois to win her last start, why not this miss?
Taking Karakorum Fugitive to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with her mate and Spa City Princess, 12-1, another winter track lover who broke her maiden going two turns here last winter.
Running Totals: (777) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]
Written by John Pricci