Race 2: Pocket Player (#5)
Was wide throughout in his last start over an Aqueduct turf course that favors runners that can save ground.
All prior starts came as a two-year-old, and has a right to be an improved horse with added maturity.
Returns as a first-time gelding in his first start for the Tom Bush barn.
12-1 on ML
Race 4: Naples Parade (#1)
Unleashed a furious late rally to nearly get up to win her debut.
Is closely related to Zenyatta, since both are daughters of Street Cry, and this filly’s dam is a half-sister to the champion mare.
DRF Formulator Fact: Bill Mott is 10 for 40 (25%, $2.41 ROI) with maidens coming off layoffs of 180 days or more in turf routes.
6-1 on ML
Race 8: Tathqeef (#4)
Handled this distance in the early summer at Belmont, beating the talented Rocketry.
Was three- to four-wide throughout last time over a turf course that was favoring runners that raced near the rail.
His preferred stalking running style gives him an advantage in a race lacking much pace.
5-2 on ML