Just a couple of chalky winners Saturday, but we had a few decent rolling Daily Doubles ( $97, $24 & $124 ).

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Today's Beatable Favorite(s): Race 6 - #5 Athwaaq

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Aqueduct - 12/30


Race  1

1.Ja's Malibu



#3 JA'S MALIBU showed some nice early speed before faltering in the overture, and could fare much better with that under her girthstrap if able to catch a flyer beneath a good "send" rider. Under normal circumstances, we would be all over the #2 ABRAXAN in this spot. Filly is an omnifig on paper, and we can't even realistically speculate that a firster can supersede what she's accomplished from a Beyer perspective. The bugaboo for us is that she's immolated a ton of money in the last two, ( one of those was from the pine ) and had positively no excuses in the last. Toss in 8% Sciacca, and we'll pass on the top end. #4 ALPHARDINI went for 8X the stud fee at auction, owns a couple of nice morning moves, and the dam ( who was 1 for 2 in dirt sprints, banking 31K ) has dropped runners who totaled an 11 for 52 mark in this kinda deal ( 321 large ). BIG shot.


Race  2


2.Zap Zap Zap

3.Haul Anchor

We're seeing the race as easy as 1-2-3 !  #1 KENYAN "saved ground to the upper stretch" when losing by 53 lengths in the latest ( ya gotta love a diligent chart caller ), but this one has always been an in and outer, & the start three back ( a score versus what we would consider similar ) was purdy sharp. Gelding has done his best work at this trip, and ain't facing much. #2 ZAP ZAP ZAP should be no worse than second in this spot ( for all you place punters ) given the affinity for the trip and strip as well as the collection of recent speed figs. Runner was recently claimed by a sharp lady in Diane Balsamo, and the race goes through 'Zap. #3 HAUL ANCHOR gets some much needed class relief this afternoon after beating just four home in his last six calls to the post, and even a win and a claim would have Rudy Rod in about a $3,000 hole here, so caveat emptor. 


Race  3

1.Ferraro Entry

2.Pier Forty

3.Scotty Brown

Both the #1 BEBE BANKER & #1A BANK GALA are backed by a 14:4-3-1 trainer stat which has Jimmy at exactly that with maiden special weight dirt dashers off breaks of 27 days or less ( 25-1 or < as well ). The winners in that study paid $45, $6, $4 & $13, and we're hoping that Luzzi can rate this one just off the pace while sitting in a pocket today. #7 PIER FORTY obviously has the last big fig staring atcha, and as it was at least 20% higher than the other dirt try, who knows where the ceiling is in that regards. #5 SCOTTY BROWN was a well beaten 4th in a strung out field 22 days back, but was doing excellent work just prior to that & rates a legit shot to rebound. 


Race  4 

1.Kantarmarci Entry

2.Deep Sea

3.Full Salute

#1A HAPPY FARM secure the place bread against slightly tougher last time out, and we like that he's still kept above the price claimed from two back. 16% shotcaller is a lively 6 fer 11 with second off the claim dirt dashers who crashed the fiesta off this kind of break & are 5-1 or under ( $11, $3, $7 & $8 X 3 ). The other half of the entry, #1 DOYOUKNOWSOMETHING is quite the warhorse who has maintained his early zip through 51 battles. #5 DEEP SEA is 2 for 3 right here and has hit the board in all three "second off the L/O" tries on the sand. Hard to fault those siding w/a runner who's partaken in the exacta in six straight. #6 FULL SALUTE is 4 for 11 at the trip, and what the hell's wrong with that? 


Race  5

1.Went With the Wind

2.Movie Store

3.Ruvies in Time

#2 WENT WITH THE WIND has won 2 of 3, has ascended the Beyer scale since starting things out, and The As-Man is a poyfect 3 for 3 with third off the layoff optional dirt stock over this oval ( $5, $5 & $6 ). Cohen heading down to Oaklawn soon, so expect him to try to make a solid impression on this barn ( who will have a contingent there ) before splitting the scene. #1 MOVIE STORE split the field in her first tango with winners here on 11/8, and has since been transferred over to Rudy's stable. $100,000 purchase is back in for a tag ( not sure I would've done that right now ), so take a peek pre race. #3 RUVIES IN TIME is another slowly figuring things out, and has worked very well since last seen. 


Race  6 


2.Honey Graeme


#7 EMBLAZONER improved by more than 35% when stepping up in class for the maiden breaker off the bench on November 18th, and 'Miah owns a snappy 4 for 6 mark with that type in 2nd off the shelf tries at this level ( positive return on investment ). We love the draw and Franco returns. #2 HONEY GRAEME takes the mandatory step up in class today while sill in jail for the first off the purchase try, and sheds some lb.'s off the solid placing. #6 PROPORTIONALITY is 2 for 4 @ this dx. ( 1-13 at other trips ) and may last for a portion.  BEATABLE FAVORITE: #5 ATHWAAQ fills the bill, as Rice is a woeful 0-17 with second off the claim allwance dirt stock who were IN the money last time out ( oddly enough ).


Race  7

1.Frostie Anne

2.Bonita Bianca

3.Pride of Saratoga

We have no read on this race whatsoever, so tread lightly.  #2 FROSTIE ANNE has a type of "declining" record over a fast track that we've grown to love ( 22:10-4-1 ) as it shows she has a schnoz for the line. Gal also digs this layout very much, as the nine ITM finishes from ten outings belie, and if you want a little more, she has a win & a showing from as many 1X to 2X forays over the brown stuff. Hungry rider has a shot at some big money here. #8 BONITA BIANCA ( a fantastic 7 for 15 lifetime ) has amazingly gone up and down the Beyer ladder in ALL of her career starts, so today should be a goodie, right? If only the game was that simple. 125 pounds is nothing to sneeze at, so we'll slide underneath. #6 PRIDE OF SARATOGA as good as any for the show dough.


Race  8 

1.Hot Mesa

2.Hot Sriracha

3.Over Salty

We are seeing today's finale as a 'hot' one, and foresee no more than our top two finishing in an exacta box fashion ( very rare for us to see it that clearly with how we go about things here ). We'll give the nod to #7 HOT MESA based on having the perfect stalking draw over our secondary choice #1 HOT SRIRACHA ( who will be piloted by a 13% bug who's 1-25 for a 25% trainer....hmmmmmm.... ). #4 OVER SALTY comes in today off ( albeit a low one ) a professional best # and is second off a hiatus for the first time. A 'hot and salty' tri to close things out ?


Aqueduct       ( Current )   51-292   ( $475.00 )   Beatable Favorites     8-31  ( 25.8% )  Favorites Win %: 104-300 ( 35.4% )
( As of Sunday morning )


Belmont            ( Final )    51-320  ( $381.00 )    Beatable Favorites:   8-22  ( 36.4% )  Favorites Win %:127-320  ( 40.0% )

Saratoga           ( Final )   80-404   ( $865.30 )    Beatable Favorites:   7-40  ( 17.5% )  Favorites Win %: 142-404 ( 35.2% ) 

Belmont             ( Final )  88-499   ( $829.00 )    Beatable Favorites   12-39  ( 30.7% ) Favorites Win %: 170-499 ( 34.1% )

Indiana Grand     ( Final ):  3-8       ( $12.40 )      Beatable Favorites:   N/A                  Favorites Win %: 4-8        ( 40.0% )

Aqueduct Spring ( Final ): 15-138   ( $167.50 )    Beatable Favorites: 6-15  ( 40.0% )    Favorites Win % :61-138   ( 44.2% )

Aqueduct Winter ( Final ): 67-317   ( $493.40 )    Beatable Favorites: 4-17  ( 23.5% )    Favorites Win %: 121-328 ( 36.9% )

Graded Stakes    ( Final ):  15-82   ( $122.40 )    Beatable Favorites: 4-7   ( 57.1% )     Favorites Win %: 36-82     ( 43.9% )

All Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Selected Grade 1's and Travers full days  ( These are also counted in the "Dirt Tracks" category ):

( 2014-2018 Final ): 60-365   ( $518.70 ) Beatable Favorites: 18-53 ( 34.0% ) Favorite's Win %: 125-369  ( 33.9% )  +/-: -28.9% against a 17.1% takeout  

Poly Tracks 2014-6 (All Final): 85-568      ( $819.20 )  Beatable Favorites : 15-68     ( 22.1% )Favorite's Win %: 163-587     ( 27.7% ) +/-: -27.6%  against a 15.6% takeout

Dirt Tracks  2014-8 (All Final):2005-9768 ($16,782.90) Beatable Favorites : 296-1052( 28.1% )Favorite's Win %: 3587-9863 ( 36.4% ) +/-: -14.1%  against a 16.7% takeout

Cumulative Stats   (All Final):2090-10334 ($17,602.10)Beatable Favorites : 311-1120( 27.8% )Favorite's Win %: 3750-10448( 35.9% )+/-:  -14.9%  against a 16.6% takeout