Both Gulfstream and Aqueduct have nice cards on this final Saturday before Christmas. Let’s take a look at a few spots.
Aqueduct Race 5 – This is a solid two-other-than allowance race and we want to try #2 Fox Rules (4-1) who is making his first start off the layoff. He has some good races going back and was in very tough last time setting a fast pace against Diversify in the Saginaw on July 2nd. #7 Gift Box (2-1) is the favorite but he’s been beaten at 3-4, 1-1, 9-5 and 8-5 in his last four starts.
Aqueduct Race 6 – This is a wide-open Maiden Special Weight for two year old NY-breds. The main runner with experience is #6 Flash Drive (3-1), who ran very well last time but has already had five chances. #1 Bourbon Did It (5-1) does break from the rail but is by very good debut sire Mission Impazible and sold for almost 20 times the sire’s stud fee at the two-year old sale.
Aqueduct Race 8 (Queens County) – We’re playing #2 Doyouknowsomething (6-1), who goes out first time off the claim for Robertino Diodoro. Doyouknowsomething won two-back on a sloppy track (that he might get today) and has been running well all year. Last time, he broke a step slow and then tracked the pace on the inside, which hasn’t really been the place to be this meet, while the outside runners had the run of the race down the lane. We might not get a full 6-1 but in the 4-1 range, we’ll still play.
Gulfstream Race 8 – This is an interesting allowance race for two year olds on the turf. Two runners, #9 Lone Sentry (15-1) and #12 War Chest (6-1) come out of the Awad at Belmont from October 28th. That was a weirdly run race where a few horses had trouble, including both of these horses failing to get clear. War Chest, coming off a strong debut win for Shug McGaughey, was 2-1 in that race while Lone Sentry was 9-1 off a win at Parx, but it seemed like Lone Sentry had more trouble than War Chest in there and he’ll be a much bigger price in this race. The favorite today is #7 Barbarossa (9-5), a runaway winner at Belmont in October for Todd Pletcher. He beat, however, a very weak field and is now trying two turns for the first time. We’ll use him but are betting Lone Sentry.