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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, March 23rd

Race 7: Beautiful Buzz (#5)

Gets a positive rider switch to Dylan Davis.
May have been hindered by racing 3-wide against a gold rail last time out.
Has shown the ability to stalk the pace, so she could work out a more favorable trip than the Pace Projector indicates.
9-2 on ML

Race 8: Nobody Move (#1)

Had run faster speed figures for his prior connections.
Has already won at this level twice before.
DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Rudy Rodriguez is 40 for 101 (40 percent, $2.66 ROI) first off the claim in dirt routes.
6-1 on ML​

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Sunday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Miss Sizzle’s speed makes her dangerous despite the class rise


Aqueduct | Race 7 | Post Time 4:25 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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This race is totally wide-open, as you can make a valid case for any of the eight entrants. The horse to beat is probably Leah’s Dream (#3) as she enters on a three-race winning streak. All of those victories came against cheaper company, but she’s run some fast speed figures and looks ready for the step up in class. She was claimed out of her last race by Chris Englehart, who does a decent job in that situation. I’m not really against her, but I do think you want to look elsewhere for value.

A slightly better option is Hexameter (#2). They tried a mile with her in her last two starts, but that’s just a bit too far for her. I like her cutting back to this six-furlong distance, and she appears to be in very good form. Both of her sprint efforts at Belmont Park last summer would make her pretty formidable in this spot.

I’m using both of these runners, but the horse who interests me most at an even bigger price is MISS SIZZLE (#1).


I know that Miss Sizzle looks slower than her main rivals at first glance, but I think there’s reason to believe she’s going to take a big step forward here. It’s a sign of confidence that Linda Rice is moving her up in class to this protected spot off a maiden-claiming win. There was a time when this filly was thought to have some talent, as she was bet down to even-money in her debut last year and showed high speed before fading in her second start. She was bet strongly in that most recent win and won with ease after setting a slow pace. There isn’t that much pace signed on for this affair, so she can use her tactical edge to her advantage, as Leah’s Dream is likely to stalk once again. Most notably, Rice has fantastic numbers second off a layoff with horses coming off wins in dirt sprints (24 for 49, $3.47 ROI). I think she could take a big step forward here, and the price has to be generous.



Win/Place: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,3,4,6,8

Trifecta: 1,2 with 1,2 with ALL

Trifecta: 1,2 with ALL with 1,2


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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, March 18th


Race 3:
Forever Liesl (#4)

Michelle Nevin gets an 84 Trainer Rating with horses coming off layoffs of this type.

Faced some solid competition last year at Laurel.

Figures to offer better value than the favorite Smile Big, who has been aided by track biases recently.

3-1 on ML


Race 7:
Miss Sizzle (#1)

Should get a favorable pace scenario, with fellow speeds Leah’s Dream and Banty’s Girl likely to stalk early.

It’s a positive sign that Linda Rice is moving her back up into a protected spot after her easy maiden score.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Linda Rice is 24 for 49 (49 percent, $3.47 ROI) with horses making their second starts off a layoff in dirt sprints that won their last starts.

12-1 on ML


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Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Sounds Delicious is ready for the step up in class in the Correction


Aqueduct | Race 8 | Post Time 4:56 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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The Correction drew an incredibly deep field of sprinters for a listed stakes in late winter. The Pace Projector is no longer predicting a fast pace with the scratch of two speeds, but the early tempo still figures to be honest with horses like Spice Lady, Summer Reading, and Bluegrass Flag in the mix. The two runners likely to vie for favoritism are drawn towards the middle of the pack, and they both possess running styles that are well suited to the projected race flow.

Startwithsilver (#6) looks like the one that will garner the most attention following a pair of eye-catching victories earlier this winter. She made an unbelievable run from out of the clouds to win on Jan. 25 before pulling off a similar feat from closer range in the Broadway last time out. While she beat stakes company that day, this race came up significantly tougher. I respect her, but I think the value will lie elsewhere.

Her main rival Quezon (#5) has run just as fast and figures to go off at a better price. She doesn’t have to rally from as far back as Startwithsilver and has already proven she belongs at this level. In my opinion, she’s the horse to beat.



Yet I’m taking a shot against both of them with SOUNDS DELICIOUS (#3). I know that even her best efforts are a bit slower than the aforementioned two, but she’s been very impressive in her races. She should have won two back in her first start off the layoff after getting mildly herded in the lane. Then last time she utterly dominated an overmatched field while geared down late. She doesn’t need the lead, and is capable of finishing off her races nearly as fast as some of the closers. I’m giving her the nod for the mild upset, but she’s going to need a career best effort.



Win: 3

Exacta Key Box: 3 with 5,6,9

Trifecta: 3 with 5,6 with 5,6,7,8,9​

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, March 17th


Race 2:
California Night (#3)

Ran a competitive speed figure in his debut, which was validated by runner-up Holland Park’s subsequent efforts.

Could control the early pace on the front end as fellow stretch-outs Go Get the Munny and Gleason are likely to stalk.

Is bred to stretch out in distance, being by 18% route sire Midnight Lute out of a Malibu Moon dam.

5-1 on ML


Race 8:
Sounds Delicious (#3)

Has been extremely impressive in her wins, finishing off her races willingly despite racing well clear of her competition.

Should work out a comfortable stalking trip sitting just behind the speeds.

Linda Rice gets a 100 Trainer Rating with horses moving from allowance to stakes company.

4-1 on ML​

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TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Prep Analysis: Searching for value in a wide-open Jeff Ruby Steaks


Turfway Park | Race 10 | Post Time 6 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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As a Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks probably doesn’t mean much. In the grand scheme of things, races over synthetic surfaces have not been great predictors of success on the first Saturday in May. Accordingly, this race offers just 20 qualifying points to the winner. That said, this is still a wide-open race with 12 betting interests, making it a viable opportunity to search a value play.


The TimeformUS Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace with Mugaritz (#6) and Hazit (#7) likely to share the early lead. Stalkers such as Magicalmeister (#5) and Dreamer’s Point (#9) figure to be in close attendance, as they have produced their best effort when racing within close range of the early leaders. An especially spirited early tempo would benefit closers such as Pony Up (#4) and Blended Citizen (#8).


Let’s go through the entire field:

#1, SKY PROMISE (12-1): Three runners in this race exit the local prep, the John Battaglia Memorial, and Sky Promise split the other two when finishing second. He’s a plodding closer who would require a total pace collapse to put forth his best effort. He got plenty of pace to close into last time, when his grinding late run proved quite effective. He comes into this race with the highest TimeformUS Late Pace Rating in the field (100), but it’s hard to endorse a horse that leaves himself with such a deficit to make up. This is a much tougher spot than the Battaglia and I get the feeling there are more talented closers in this field.

#2, CASH CALL KITTEN (12-1): He makes the turf-to-synthetic move for Mike Maker, who has had success with prices in this race, formerly known as the Spiral, over the past few years. It’s hard to draw too many conclusions from his debut, which came against a weak group of $20,000 claimers, but he stepped forwardly nicely in his subsequent start. He made a sweeping move to the lead coming off the turf in that Feb. 17 race, and it briefly appeared that he may have moved into the lead prematurely as closers threatened to run over the top of the leaders. However, he dug in resolutely under intense pressure from Jose Ortiz and turned them all back to win. His turf form should translate well to this surface, and Mike Maker gets a 97 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with horses trying synth for the first time.



#3, ARCHAGGELOS (6-1): This half-brother to Big Brown has a lot going for him. He has valuable experience winning a stakes over a synthetic surface, and is sent out by a trainer who certainly knows how to get his runners to perform at a high level coming off a layoff. That win in the Grey Stakes last October at Woodbine was visually impressive, as he sliced through a narrow opening in midstretch to get the win. His subsequent outing in the Display was a little dull, but that did come against a tougher field. I have no doubt that he’ll get the distance given his pedigree, and he possesses a running style that fits this race well. He appears to be one of the prime contenders.



#4, PONY UP (6-1): I strongly prefer this Aikenite colt of the two Todd Pletcher entrants. He tried to pick up some Kentucky Derby qualifying points in the Holy Bull last time out, but he’s really more of a turf horse, so this switch to synthetic makes sense. He put in a strong late rally against the vastly improved Flameaway in the Kitten’s Joy two back and would be a top candidate for win honors if he were to repeat that performance here. He’s on my short list of top contenders.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 10 for 29 (34 percent, $2.65 ROI) with horses switching from dirt to synthetic surfaces. 

#5, MAGICALMEISTER (12-1): He defeated Sky Promise and Arawak in the Battaglia, and probably ran the best race of that trio after making the first move into a relatively fast pace. He’s improved with each start, but he’s the kind of runner whom you wanted to have last time when he paid more than $80 to win. Generally, it’s not a good idea to bet back horses like that at shorter prices against tougher fields. 

#6, MUGARITZ (6-1): His most recent performance in the El Camino Real Derby was better than it seems. The early pace of that race was extremely fast, as is indicated by the red color-coded pace figures in TimeformUS PPs. He was eagerly stalking the early leaders and may have inherited the lead too soon in a race dominated by closers. He’s the kind of horse that needs to be forwardly placed and is probably at his best when allowed to run freely on the front end. It seems unlikely that Hazit will let him get too far away early, and it’s also not a certainty that Mugaritz is going to improve at this 9-furlong distance. I think he’s as talented as some of the others in here, but I’m not sold on his chances to wire the field. That said, he could hang on for a piece of the pie at a generous price.

#7, HAZIT (5-1): I suppose this one will take some money, considering the human connections. He does have decent pedigree to handle the turf, and by extension, a synthetic surface. On the other hand, stamina is a real question for this son of War Front. If I were going to bet one of the speeds in this race, I’d much rather take Mugaritz at a better price.

#8, BLENDED CITIZEN (6-1): I don’t have any major knocks against this logical contender. Mugaritz may have run the better race despite finishing just behind him in the El Camino Real Derby. However, Blended Citizen figures to receive a favorable pace setup again. His prior turf form is solid, as he was hardly disgraced losing to the talented pair Pubilius Syrus and Inscom in his prior start in the Eddie Logan. I doubt you’ll get much higher than his morning-line price of 6-1, but he’s one that must be included in the exotics.

#9, DREAMER’S POINT (15-1): Ian Wilkes is just 2 for 56 on synthetic surfaces over the past five years, but this horse does have a decent pedigree to handle the surface switch. There’s some turf on the dam’s side and Shackleford has been an effective sire for artificial surfaces. On the other hand, he’s had trouble breaking through the N1X allowance level and has not shown a great affinity for passing horses. He seems better suited to one-turn distances, so this 1 1/8 miles could be a stretch.

#10, ZANESVILLE (12-1): He’s clearly improved since getting stretched out around two turns, but two of those efforts came against inferior competition at Delta Downs. He’s a grand-looking son of Tiznow who certainly has a right to continue improving. However, Tom Amoss, despite being one of the top trainers in the country, does not have particularly strong numbers on synthetic surfaces. A 97-rated trainer overall, he gets just a 55 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with horses switching from dirt to synth. Zanesville has been more forwardly placed in recent starts, but his best hope here is to drop back and try to pick some pieces.


#11, RIDE A COMET (5-1): In terms of sheer talent, he might be one of the best runners in this race. His last effort at the Fair Grounds may not have garnered a particularly flashy speed figure, but it was visually impressive. He shut the door on that field quickly and drew off to a decisive win. He’s bred to be a good one, as a half-brother to Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit. His ability to win on both dirt and turf bodes well for this switch to Turfway’s Polytrack surface. The only major negative is the post position. This is not a horse that wants to be rallying from the back of the pack, so Gabriel Saez will likely have to use some of his speed out of the gate to get into a forward position. He’s probably talented enough to overcome that kind of trip, but you’re taking a relatively short price to find out. He’s one that I’m using, but I think others project to offer better value.

#12, ARAWAK (15-1): He didn’t run quite as well as Magicalmeister when finishing third in the John Battaglia Memorial, but he was hindered by a wide run around the far turn. The problem is that he figures to work out a similar trip here from this unlucky draw. To have any chance, rider Garcia either needs to use the speed that he once possessed to get clear and over early, or he needs to drop back and make one run. Neither scenario is ideal.



The main players appear to be Archaggelos (#3), Pony Up (#4), Blended Citizen (#8), and Ride a Comet (#11). Archaggelos is probably the longest price among that group, and I just think Pony Up fits this race very well, so they are the two that I want to key on. The longshots that I’ll throw into the mix with them include Cash Call Kitten (#2) and Mugaritz (#6).

Win: 3

Exacta Key Box: 3,4 with 2,3,4,6,8,11

Trifecta: 3,4 with 3,4 with 2,5,6,8,10,11

Trifecta: 3,4 with 2,6,8,11 with 3,4


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Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Blue Belt can regain his best form on the trainer switch


Aqueduct | Race 5 | Post Time 3:23 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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Square Shooter (#4) is a wild card in this race as he ships up from Florida for Jeremiah Englehart. His most recent effort was quite good, as he ran a competitive speed figure and finished just a half-length behind the winner, who has since gone on to do some nice things. However, this horse hasn’t been seen for nearly three months since then, and he now returns as a new gelding with blinkers added. He appears to have ability, but there are obviously questions surrounding him.

Another interesting runner in this race is Have Another (#2), who makes his first start off the claim by Brad Cox. He had shown real ability running in maiden races last winter at Aqueduct, but was surprisingly dangled for a $40,000 tag upon returning last month. This is surely a positive trainer switch, but Have Another is a one-dimensional stretch runner who may not get a favorable early setup in this spot with little speed signed on.

For that reason, I prefer one of the more tactical runners, BLUE BELT (#5).


This gelding clearly possesses plenty of early speed, and I like that he’s getting a significant trainer upgrade to Rudy Rodriguez for this race. Blue Belt ran well early in his career before getting somewhat lost through a series of surface switches and minor layoffs. His recent form is better than it seems, as he got used up chasing a fast pace two back and then was unwisely restrained and discouraged in the early going last time. Manny Franco just needs to send him into a clear stalking position today, because I believe he’s talented enough to hold off closers like Have Another and Benevolence on his best day.


 Win: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1,2,4,6


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