Amid the Saturday racing, our interest was certainly piqued by an email that came in mid-day. Interrogation was running on Thursday in the Thanksgiving Day opener at Aqueduct.
Aqueduct Race 1 – Interrogation, a Christophe Clement runner, has been on our Watch List since her January 7th debut but hasn’t been seen since. Here’s that debut race (Interrogation is #5 in the green silks with the red cap):
As you can see, Interrogation had a somewhat troubled start, and then settled at the back of the pack. She came off the rail into the lane, but was hemmed in at the top of the stretch and then blocked for the duration of the lane. She never got clear at all despite appearing to have some horse.
Interrogation was bet in that race too – she was 7-2 in a 12-horse maiden field. The winner, Taperge, has turned into a useful runner and is entered in the Winter Memories Stakes later on the Thursday card. The runner-up, Inflexibility, would go on to finish third in the Queen’s Plate.
Further, Interrogation is kin to seven different winners, all of whom have earned at least six-figures on the turf. While she hasn’t run since January, we aren’t as concerned about the layoff as we are about the fact that she missed some training time and posts no workouts in October after working steadily in September.
Still, she has more upside than anyone else in this race and we’re going to play Interrogation in the Thanksgiving opener at Aqueduct.