Aqueduct | Race 5 | Post Time 2:17 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
Helooksthepart (#3) is obviously the one they all have to hold off following his visually impressive score last time, where he made a strong rally from the back of the pack. He was claimed out of that race by Rudy Rodriguez, who has pretty strong numbers in this situation. Over the past five years, he is 24 for 71 (34 percent, $2.25 ROI) first off the claim on the dirt with horses coming off a win in their last start. I nearly picked this horse right back in this spot, but I’m always a bit hesitant to bet a horse coming off a win that is going to go off at a much shorter price in his subsequent start.
Therefore, I’m hoping that TOO FAST TO PASS (#6) can turn the tables.
This horse ran pretty well last time, contesting a strong pace before just fading a bit in the final furlong. Notably, he was claimed out of that race by Gary Gullo, who gets an 88 Trainer Rating with horses making their first start off the claim for his barn, and he’s exiting the stable of 34-rated trainer Oscar Barrera III. That’s a significant upgrade. Furthermore, this horse had run faster races when he was previously in the barns of high-percentage trainers, so there’s reason to believe he’ll put forth an improved effort this time.
Exacta key box: 6 with 1, 3, 4, 8
Trifecta: 3, 6 with 3, 6 with all