Hand-selected by The TimeformUS team, Horses in Focus stand out on our feature sets, such as pace projector, TimeformUS speed figures, spotlight ratings, trainer ratings, pedigree ratings, etc. We offer expanded analysis on one of the Horses in Focus, as well as designating which horse is our Top Play on the day. Expect to see TimeformUS Horses in Focus on this blog typically every Wednesday-Sunday. If Horses in Focus are available for tracks with a later post-time, they will be added to this post throughout the day.
Today’s Top Play at Aqueduct
#8 True Bet
Finished gamely in second career start from behind a slow pace over a speed-favoring track.
Came back with an even better race last time despite a tough trip.
Should be more forwardly placed in this race if able to get away from the gate cleanly.
4/1 on ML.
Win bet on #8 True Bet. Exactas with #1 Organic Gemini and #4 Candid Desire.
Other Horses in Focus
Baffle Me, the 6 horse:
Has earned three speed figures of 110.
Has learned to come from off the pace.
Trainer gets rating of 81 off layoffs of similar length and rating of 90 with this rider.
10-1 on ML.
Sweet Swingin, the 2 horse:
Broke slowly on speed-favoring track in most recent start.
Went on to race wide. Should benefit from fast track.
Trainer gets 82 rating with second-time routers.
6-1 on ML.
Materiality, the 7 horse:
Improved speed figure by 7 points in second start.
Trainer gets 95 rating with third-time starters.
Trainer gets 98 rating with second-time routers.
7-2 on ML.
War Story, the 6 horse:
Has improved his speed figure in every start.
May have more room for short-term improvement than the favorite does.
Received a difficult trip in the Risen Star.
Trainer gets rating of 100 out of 100 with similar spacing between starts.
Santa Anita Race 3:
Momma Tried, the 1 horse:
Been a long time since this gelding got a decent trip.
Speed figure 2 races back, a 67, is competitive.
Kathy Walsh gets 83 rating when dropping claimers in class.
Think this horse can get into trifecta or superfecta at a big price.
12-1 on ML.
Santa Anita Race 5:
Codacious, the 8 horse:
Has the best Early Pace rating in the field by a mile.
Has the best speed figures in the field by a mile.
Appreciate cutback in distance and rider switch.
5-2 on ML.