>>Aqueduct | Race 9 | Saturday February 20th | 4:50 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs
The obvious trip horse in today’s 9th race is May Be a Diamond (#7), who was away in a tangle last time out, losing many lengths of position at the start. Considering that he had employed front-running tactics in his maiden win in his prior start, May Be a Diamond actually did well to get up for third after that trouble. However, he was made the morning line favorite, and we wouldn’t want to take too short of a price on him considering his following out of that last effort.
David Jacobson’s Still Krz (#8) ran well in that same race and has to be considered, especially given that the Pace Projector is predicting that he’ll be on the lead in a situation favoring the frontrunner. However, Cornelio Velasquez is not always the most aggressive rider, and he employed rating tactics last time.
We actually prefer a trip horse out of a different race, and that horse is DANNIE’S DECEIVER (#6).
He was hindered by racing along a dead rail on November 27. While he did drift into the two-path for the stretch run, this was a day on which most of the winners were rallying down the center of the track, many paths off the rail. Dannie’s Deceiver ran a competitive 104 speed figure in breaking his maiden two back, and prior to that he had been a good second to the talented Grade 1-placed Marking at Belmont. He should appreciate the turnback in distance and could find himself on the lead in a favorable pace scenario if Still Krz isn’t sent hard from the outside. A price at or above 5/2 would be fair.
EXACTA: 6 with 7,8
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