There’s more solid racing today across the country and we’ll look at a few at Aqueduct and Del Mar.
Aqueduct Race 2 – #8 News Anchor (2-1) is the obvious horse to beat but was defeated at 4-5 and 3-5 in his last two starts (granted he had legit trouble two-back). Still, he feels destined to be overbet. We’ll try #9 Perfectexpectation (6-1) for trainer Mike Maker. Perfectexpectation was fifth behind News Anchor two-back, but was close to a very fast pace that fell apart in that race. Then last time, he missed the break, settled at the back, and made a big wide early move before fading in the last furlong. With a good break, he’ll be forwardly placed today and should get the jump on News Anchor.
Aqueduct Race 5 – There’s not a lot of speed in here and that should benefit #8 Empress of the Nile (5-1). She ran an enormous race two-back to break her maiden at Saratoga and then was thrown to the wolves in the G2 Sands Point. She’s back where she can win and a repeat of her maiden race makes her very tough. She’ll be up close on what should be a pretty moderate pace.
Del Mar Race 7 (Matriarch Stakes) – East Coast horses did well in the two turf stakes at Del Mar yesterday, with Mo Town taking the G1 Hollywood Derby and Daddy Is a Legend winning the G3 Jimmy Durante. We’re also taking an east coast horse here in the Matriarch, #8 Off Limits (5-1), who goes out for trainer Chad Brown. Off Limits was a dominant winner of the Noble Damsel two-back and then won the Athenia last time by a half-length. That, however, was a more dominant victory than it appears on paper, as Joel Rosario gave her a very confident ride. Her off the pace style suits this Del Mar turf course, and there should be some pace to flatter her late run as well. As an underneath use, we’re including #1 Mrs McDougal (15-1) who will be a huge price for Richard Mandella. She had a horrible trip in the Goldikova on the Breeders Cup card, getting totally blocked at the top of the lane. We’ll also use #12 Kitten’s Roar (7-2), #11 Miss Julia Star (20-1), and #7 Cambodia (3-1).