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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Successful Shipper

Today’s Affectionately Handicap for older fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the Aqueduct winter track attracted a half dozen, with three having the best chance. From the inside out, namely Are We Dreamin (3-1), Successful Sarah (7-2) and Spritely (9-5).

Coming out of a sprint, and given Randi Persaud‘s profitable stretchout record, Are We Dreamin will get strong support. Rightfully so, perhaps, but still worth trying to beat.

Spritely is a deserving favorite. Following two top figure efforts, she improved her style in last by distributing her energy later. She’s learning how to run, developing before our eyes, but she, too, will be a short price.

Successful Sarah is improving rapidly, so much so that she attracted the attention of the IEAH people, who acquired her privately, shipped her north to John Terranova, and has found a very likely spot for a northern stakes debut.

She won her last two starts on the lead but has been effective from just off the pace. Looking for position conscious Eddie Castro to tuck her in comfortably down the backside and take his best shot on the turn for home.

Taking Successful Sarah to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exactas and trifectas with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (347) 105-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $742.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Can’t Ignore Improving Horse for Course

Today’s Aqueduct feature, the Evening Attire, has drawn but five entrants, making it a rider’s race, which is always a head scratcher.

To compound the problem, three of the five are coming off lifetime best route efforts. The good news there is that improvement can be projected for only one of them, Barrier Reef (9-5). Of the competition, it appears Broadway Producer (4-1) is the likeliest of the remaining quartet.

The reason we believe Barrier Reef will improve is that the Equiform figure he earned last time out is indicative of a still developing race horse. The fact that he’s a newly turned four-year-old speaks nicely to that.

Trainer Tom Albertrani has won with three of his last nine New York starters and all were written by today’s partner, Ramon Dominguez, on quite a tear of his own these days. All three of Barrier Reef’s lifetime wins came on today’s winter surface.

Broadway Producer earned an excellent figure in his latest, his lone start at this distance. His trainer, John Terranova, is coming off what might be defined as a career year, batting 19 percent while showing a profit for all of 2008. He was worked quickly in New York since his latest Jennings score and attracts Eddie Castro.

Taking Barrier Reef to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with Broadway Producer.

Running Totals: (346) 104-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $737.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, January 16, 2009

Newman a Newcolt for Amoss

The parade of starter allowance sprints as the Aqueduct feature race has been interrupted by the bitter cold. With New York canceling today‘s racing program, we’ll shift our focus to the Fair Grounds for a preliminary allowances feature on the turf for older horses at one mile, where trainer Tom Amoss appears to have his colleagues over a barrel in this spot.

Ordinary Newman (3-1) showed marked improvement off the barn change in his Fair Grounds try last out, making a strong surge to lead with a 4-wide run off the second turn but tired late. This turf course tests stamina greatly and the move might have been premature. Still, he beat 10 other rivals and has worked five times since that early December effort. With the turf skilled James Graham, he will take a lot of beating.

The interesting potential price play in here is Kiss My Kriss (6-1) who returns for a barn quite adept with horses coming off lengthy layups with a worthy 18 percent strike rate.

When last seen on grass, ‘Kriss’ was hindered by a slow pace, and today’s delayed turf decline line augurs well for his return to a winning surface and distance. With added maturity, the 4-year-old gelding could surprise this group at more than fair odds. Worth a saver at 8-1 or greater.

But we’re compelled to take Ordinary Newman to win at minimum odds of 5-2, and keying him first and second in trifectas with Kiss My Kriss, the Equiform-figure competitive Asmussen trainee, Logan’s Pride (4-1), the 1-for-1 Say the Word (6-1) with Robby Albarado on the re-ride, while keeping an eye on also-eligible Mad And Royal (8-1). Also as an exacta key with Logan’s Pride and Kiss My Kriss.

Running Totals: (345) 103-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $731.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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