>Aqueduct | Race 4 | Post Time 1:47 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs
There are two ways to look at SPORT (#2):
a) He’s had his chances at relatively short prices, and his last effort is an indication that he’s heading in the wrong direction.
b) He’s a horse that has been his own worst enemy in many starts, fighting his riders and pulling poor trips, and now he is set to run a more professional race given the time off and removal of blinkers.
I’m caught somewhere in between these two camps. Sport’s antics negatively affected his performance last time as he was never able to get over to the rail while pulling his rider into the race sooner than he would have preferred. There’s no doubt that this horse has ability, and he could easily beat a field like this if he ever put it all together. I like the rider switch to Jose Ortiz, who has had great success with this barn over the past year, and I am hoping James Bond has gotten the horse figured out over the past couple of months. I’m not sure what we’re going to get, but the price should be generous enough to take a shot this time.
I’ll use him with the other logical contenders, Three Perfections (#4), whose tactical speed should allow him to pull a good trip, and Alsinaafy (#6), who figures to improve in his second start for Chad Brown.
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 4,6