Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Thursday, April 18

Race 3: Bootlegger (#6)

  • His recent dirt efforts indicate that he is in very strong form right now.
  • Ran better than it appears in his last two turf starts of 2018, earning two of the highest TimeformUS Speed Figures in the field.
  • Gets a significant rider upgrade to Irad Ortiz, Jr.

7-2 on ML

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Race 6: Wicked Grin (#9)

  • Ran very well in his 2 debut before encountering some traffic over yielding ground in his second start.
  • Will appreciate getting back on the turf off the layoff.
  • DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past 5 years, Christophe Clement is 18 for 72 (25 percent, $2.35 ROI) with maidens getting Lasix for the first time on the turf.

3-1 on ML

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Race 8: Roseboro (#3)

  • Was visually impressive in his debut, making a prolonged run from well back to win going away.
  • Should not be terribly pace compromised given that both Leap to Glory and Binkster are need-the-lead speed types.
  • Exits a stronger race than the other recent debut winner, Holey Matrimony, who may be favored.

5-2 on ML

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