Sunday Aqueduct Highlight Horse: Play it Again, My Man Sam
A few horses were held out of the Gotham, opting instead for this intriguing allowance race.
The likely favorite is Matt King Coal (#5), who impressed in both of his dirt races last year. He was a strong second to Remsen third-place finisher Gift Box in the slop and then followed that up with an authoritative score over the well-regarded Portfolio Manager. However, it’s now been 129 days since he was last seen, and Linda Rice, who gets a 68 trainer rating off this type of layoff, has only gotten three published workouts into him for this race.
We instead prefer the horses with recency, and our top pick is the impressive last-out maiden winner MY MAN SAM (#3). This horse really put it all together in his second start, making a prolonged run from the back of the pack to draw off to an eight-length victory. The 113 speed figure that he earned is extremely high for a maiden race, but third place finisher Cadeyrn returned to nearly repeat the same number he recorded that day. If My Man Sam runs back to that last effort, we doubt that anyone can beat him.
The only other horse that we want to seriously consider is the New York-bred Inside Straight (#2), who has really taken a step forward since being stretched out to two turns. The horse he beat last time, Cards of Stone, returned to take an allowance race impressively earlier this week, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s able to run into the exacta at a price.
Trifecta: 3 with 2 with 1,5,6
Trifecta: 3 with 1,5,6 with 2