It’s great to see old-timer Lubash (#4) coming back for his nine-year-old season. This gelding has been so consistent over the years, but he sometimes needs a race off these long layoffs, and he’s never done his best work over Aqueduct’s turf course. We instead prefer the horses shipping up from Florida.
Takeover Target (#8) is the logical choice off his decent fourth-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Considering that he never got any cover, it was a fine effort, but we still wish he had shown a bit more punch in the stretch. To his credit, he has run well over rain-softened turf courses, in both his career debut and in the Hill Prince, so the conditions do not figure to faze him.
We will instead take a different horse out of that race.