Aqueduct Friday Highlight Horse: Just Got Out’s last race is better than it looks


Aqueduct | Race 7 | Post Time 4:20 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

This field features a few runners stepping up in class off strong performances against weaker company. The one that is likely to attract the most attention is She’s So Fine (#7), who has been a rejuvenated racehorse ever since her connections switched her back to dirt. She has made identical wide, sweeping moves in her last two starts while earning speed figures that make her a major player in this race. This is the toughest field she has faced yet this winter, but I think she may be ready to handle the step up in class. The only drawback to betting She’s So Fine is that she’s unlikely to offer any value.

The other horse with a similar-looking profile is Maddizaskar (#6), who comes off a blowout win against bottom-level claiming competition. She was picked up out of that race by David Jacobson as she makes the steep jump up in class.

Both of these fillies should take their fair share of play, but I see another runner in this race who looks like a potential overlay. JUST GOT OUT (#8) is not as likely to win the race as She’s So Fine, but she doesn’t deserve to go off at a significantly higher price.

This mare ran deceptively well last time in her first start for trainer Carlos Martin. Just Got Out resents strong restraint from her riders and instead prefers to make an outside run. Unfortunately, breaking from the inside post position, she was rank and throwing her head about while boxed in down along the rail for the early portion of the race.

Considering that trouble, she actually did well to pass a few runners in the stretch while staying on for fourth. It’s also worth noting that the inner track appeared to favor runners making outside moves on Feb. 2, so she may have been hindered by racing inside throughout. If she runs back to that effort this time while getting a more favorable trip, I think she has a chance to pull off the upset.

Win/Place: 8
Exacta Key Box: 8 with 4,6,7
Trifecta: 7,8 with 7,8 with 1,4,6

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