Aqueduct Wednesday Highlight Horse: Has the trainer change woken up Roman Ceres?


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Morning line favorite Riot Worthy (#2) is indeed the horse to beat. She showed steady improvement throughout the spring and summer and her late-running style appears to suit this race perfectly. That said, she has been off for a few months (if you’re looking for any chinks in her armor). While I will certainly use her, there are some other interesting alternatives in this spot.

The one that I find most intriguing is ROMAN CERES (#7).


On the surface of things, this appears to be a negative trainer change. However, Richard Metivier does better work than his overall numbers suggest, and some noteworthy trainer switches have been adding needed quality to his stable in recent months. Roman Ceres does possess real ability—as she showed in her first couple of starts, as well as in the Fleet Indian up at Saratoga—but she’s been a work in progress for her connections. For that reason, her last two workouts do really jump out at you, and it makes me wonder if the recent change of scenery has woken her up. (The November 26 drill was the fastest of 50 that day by over a full second.) This is a bit of a guess on my part, but I don’t want to let this filly slip by at a generous price.

I could also use Non Finisce Mai (#3), who returns from a layoff and has run well off freshenings in the past, as well as the logical Uncle Southern (#10), who figures to be a short price off a solid effort last month.


Win/Place: 7
Exacta Key Box: 7 with 2,3,10

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