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Every wise guy on the planet will attempt to beat Sadler’s Joy (8-5) in today’s G2 Red Smith Stakes in today’s Aqueduct feature, well have at it, because I can’t.

What I can do is foresee the arguments against. “Oh, he never gets up, tries hard, but seldom gets there;” he’s always going to be subject to a moderate pace–without a rabbit you know how closely they crawl up front.” These are not bad arguments.

But doesn’t class count anymore. Doesn’t a legitimately classy animal that continually bangs his head up against Grade-1 walls loom a cinch when he finally gets some class relief? We, we think so and that’s they way we’re going to play it. Let Javier Castellano figure out what to do.

Tom Albertrani was prudent; no trip to California and Bricks and Mortar for him. We” stay home, freshen up for seven weeks then get ready to go. Even 11 furlongs help him because the pace just might be a tad faster and his big kick and class will get this job done.

We’re betting Sadler’s Joy to win, no price restrictions, and key-box him first and second in exactas with Nakamura (10-1), who probably will sit the pocket with Jose Ortiz and Tiz A Slam (8-1), pole sitting for Roger Attfield and who owns competitive Thoro-Graph figures, extra tickets on top.

To optimize the play, we’ll use sharp, ladder-climbing Red Right Hand (15-1) in the exotics. Tom Morley has him developing nicely and Johnny stays with him.

YESTERDAY: Took a trip to Pasadena: No runs, no hits, no errors and no one left on base.

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