Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Sansibar Jewel should appreciate firm turf in U.S. debut

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Aqueduct | Race 9 | Post Time 5:49 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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There are many contenders in this intriguing maiden race that ends the card. The two likely to attract the most attention are the pair from the Chad Brown barn. Too Cool to Dance (#7) earned a higher speed figure for her debut, but she worked out a pretty good trip after getting steadied back at the start. Jose Ortiz saved ground all the way and was able to sneak through inside at the top of the stretch before just finishing off flatly.

I actually prefer Reversethedecision (#4), who comes out of the slower race. This filly was slow out of the gate and reserved at the back of the pack for much of the way. She was still far back at the top of the stretch but finished with a rush in the last eighth of a mile to get up for third despite racing greenly. I think this one has more room for improvement second time out. I’ll use both of them, but I think there are some others who figure to offer better value.

Amazing Audrey (#6) ran very well in her second start, and Hot Cash has a right to improve after getting a wide trip at Gulfstream. However, the horse who interests me most is Sansibar Jewel, who makes her first start in this country.

Christophe Clement has good numbers with foreign shippers coming off layoffs, as well as with horses getting Lasix for the first time. SANSIBAR JEWEL (#5) has an awesome pedigree. She is a half-sister to Group 1 turf winner Royal Diamond and Group 2 turf winner Princess Highway. It’s worth noting that this filly is a daughter of Street Cry, a sire whose progeny often need firm going to run well on turf. Sansibar Jewel got nothing of the sort in her three starts in Ireland, racing over boggy conditions every time. I think that could have been the undoing of a filly who was regarded highly enough to go off at odds-on prices in two of those races. The big gaps between starts may also be indicative of other problems, so perhaps Lasix will make a big difference for her as well. She could get a little lost in the wagering here with so many other attractive runners shipping up from Florida.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 2,4,6,7,8

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