GETOFFMYBACK certainly knows how to get the job done, notching a 12th career victory at Aqueduct last time. That’s why he looks the most likely winner of this competitive event. Amongst the dangers are Fox Red and Tipsy Moose.
MY ECLAIR hasn’t done much wrong in three starts thus far and is fancied to build on his last-start success over 5 furlongs at Tampa. Bourbon Currency continues to knock on the door and seems sure to be in the shake-up again, while Wild William and Standup are other names to note.
Although Buona Fina and Pardsy are both interesting newcomers, the experienced runners make most appeal. DREAMS OF TOMORROW made a debut full of promise and is just fancied to get the better of First Line, who took giant strides forward from his first to second start.
OLIVER WITHA TWIST hinted his turn was approaching when second at Aqueduct in March and should go close if building on that run. Political and Plebe both have viable place claims.
SYNDERGAARD ran well for a long way over 1m last time and could benefit from this drop back in trip. Ark In The Dark is feared most, though a big run from Morning Breez would also come as no surprise.
It might be worth monitoring the betting to see which of the Chad Brown quartet is fancied most. His Flop Shot, a new recruit from France, and recent Tampa second Devamani are both particularly interesting. However, the vote instead goes to Christophe Clement’s GUCCI FACTOR, who showed a great attitude to land a valuable stakes contest here in October.
All eyes will be on CODE OF HONOR, who was well beaten in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last time but had previously won back-to-back races at the highest level. This looks a good starting point for the four-year-old and he can prove too strong for Endorsed and Senior Investment.
If anyone can get NEWSPAPEROFRECORD back to her best, Chad Brown can. She was a top-class juvenile, winning at the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs in 2018, and although she didn’t quite go on as a three-year-old last year, the daughter of Lope De Vega might just be able to recapture her best now after a lengthy absence. Significant Form and Regal Glory are others to watch out for.
This race has been moved from its usual April slot at Aqueduct, but it’s still a belter. Firenze Fire has a good record here but can be passed over on his first start since leaving Jason Servis. Performer, Network Effect, Mind Control and Vekoma are likely types, but there are others to consider and, in such an open-looking race, it’s tempting to take a shot on something at a price.
Nitrous, AMERICAN ANTHEM and Majestic Dunhill make some appeal. American Anthem has the back class to win this and, although not with Bob Baffert these days, his current trainer must be taken seriously. This horse has shaped a bit better than the bare results of his two starts for Danny Gargan and this might be his day.
In a wide-open event the marginal preference is for MORE GRAYTFUL, after he finished second in a $100,000 stakes race at Aqueduct last time. The Last Ace has to be respected having won so impressively on his debut, while Quickflash and Tale Of The Union are others with claims.
VOODOO ZIP has been knocking hard on the door in his most recent starts and this appears to be an ideal opportunity for the son of City Zip to get off the mark. The main threats to the selection are likely to be Lonesome Fugitive and Turn Of Events.
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18:50 My Eclair
19:23 Dreams Of Tomorrow
19:55 Oliver Witha Twist
20:59 Gucci Factor
21:32 Code Of Honor
22:36 American Anthem
23:08 More Graytful
23:40 Voodoo Zip
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