Our Wednesday play did not run well, but there are a few horses we are interested in on Thursday’s card at Aqueduct.
Aqueduct Race 4 – I doubt the morning line price will hold up but we have to take a shot with #1 Momentiempo (12-1), who goes out for Jimmy Toner. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Time & Motion and makes just her second turf start. Her first turf run was last December here at Aqueduct on a soft turf course that she may not have handled. We’ll use her with #8 Pounds to Pennies (7-2), #3 Merger Arbitrage (3-1) and #9 Rain on the Dune (4-1).
Aqueduct Race 6 – Shug McGaughey sends out #1 Fly So High (3-1), who rallied very nicely last time in a race controlled up front. However, she figures to be way overbet here, and we prefer #5 Desert Isle (7-2). Desert Isle, for Graham Motion, ran very well in her debut at Keeneland, rallying from seventh in a race where the leaders were 1-2-3 at every call. She’s by Bernardini out of a Smart Strike dam that produced a Queen’s Plate winner, so the extra distance should be an asset.
Aqueduct Race 8 – #2 Grand Sky (2-1) is a deserving favorite, dropping back to state-bred company after two tries against open foes, but we’ll try #9 Sandy’z Slew (8-1) at a much better price. Sandy’z Slew makes his third start off the claim for trainer Jeremiah Engelhart. In each of his first two starts, he encountered some trouble and was unable to get clear. That shouldn’t happen here as he’s drawn outside in post nine. Further, he should get first run on the closers like Grand Sky pressing a likely moderate pace. Maybe this seven-year old isn’t the same horse he used to be, but he has some races that give him a good chance in this spot. Note that he hasn’t hit the board in two starts at Aqueduct. However, this is the first year Aqueduct has run turf sprints, so those starts were route races and he is a confirmed sprinter.