Analysis: Macho Muchacho makes his first start since a fast closing win last out at Finger Lakes against allowance foes that were non winners of a race other than in '12. He has won five of his 11 starts this year and now makes his first start for the Parisella barn that has been sending out live runners in the past few months. The gelding has landed in the exacta in four of five trips on the inner track and has handled a wet track which we may see today.
Modern Cowboy was claimed for $50,000 by the Jacobson barn back in January out of an Alw-2 optional claimer and has been on the bench since running fourth at that level on the inner track here in March. He takes a plunge here tagged for just $14,000 for a red hot barn, but Jacobson is showing a 0 for 9 mark with runners coming back off a +180 day layoff and the price is going to end up on the light side. The five year old is bred to handle a wet track and has a win and a third in two trips over the off going.
WIN: #2 to win at 7-2 or better.
EX: 1,2 / 1,2,5,7
TRI: 1,2 / 1,2,5,7 / 1,2,4,5,7
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Gulfstream Park:
Analysis: Cash Rules took the field gate to wire to win the Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap last out at Calder going nine furlongs, his fifth win in nine starts this year. He showed two back he does not need the lead, sitting off the pace and taking over to win the Spend a Buck Handicap (G3). The runner up Dudac came back to win the Fred Hooper (G3) while the third place finisher Flatter This came back to win a $25,000 starter allowance and then ran third in the Claiming Crown Jewel. The gelding has won four in a row and has landed in the exacta in each of his last seven outings.
Scatman looks as if he is sitting on a good one here as he makes his third start off the shelf. The three year old beat third level optional claimers last out in a race taken off the turf in a sharp effort at Churchill Downs. He mixed it up in stakes company earlier this year including a game second in the Southwest (G3) and a third in the Rebel (G2). He looks capable of moving forward off his last effort and looks as if he may get overlooked on the tote in this spot.
WIN: #7 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 3,7 / 2,3,4,7
TRI: 3,7 / 2,3,4,7 / 2,3,4,5,7
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Aqueduct:
AQU Race 7 OClm $50,000SAL (3:18 ET)
9 Moonshine Bay 8-1
1 Pryce's Posse 10-1
6 P J's Magical Wink 9-5
12 Palace 4-1
Analysis: Moonshine Bay set the early fractions and held on gamely until late, caught nearing the wire and coming up just a neck shy of the top spot. The gelding caught a racing strip that as playing to outside stalkers and closers that day. The Canani runner has won 10 of his 23 career starts and owns a solid pace profile throughout. There is plenty of early zip in here to keep him company early but this guy is worth a look if he goes off near his 8-1 morning line.
Pryce's Posse ships in from Philly where the gelding made a good late rally to beat Alw-1 company going 6 1/2 furlongs. The runner up and sixth place finisher in that race both came back to beat Alw-1 foes in their next starts. The gelding should get a good pace set up and we have seen horses coming from off the pace and winning here early at the meeting.
WIN: #9 to win at 9-2 or better.
EX: 1,9 / 1,6,9,12
TRI: 1,9 / 1,6,9,12 / 1,3,6,9,12
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
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