Jockey Javier Castellano dominated the action on Saturday at Aqueduct, picking up six wins from seven mounts and he shot to the top of the jockey standings with 11 winners from just 28 mounts so far at the meeting.
It was a chalkfest on Saturday, with the betting favorite winning each of the first seven races on the card. Then Inimitable Romanee took the field gate to wire to win the Long Island Handicap (G3), paying $58.50.
Castellano was aboard the chalk for his first five wins. He won the early double aboard Coup de Grace ($3.00) and Jeter ($6.50), and then Becky’s Kitten ($6.60), One Red Cat ($2.90), and Watsdachances ($4.20) in races four through six. He won the nightcap aboard North Star Bay, who paid $15.00.
The day could have been better. Two of his mounts were late scratches, and they were both the morning line favorites: Clever Story in the third race and Anjaz in the Long Island Handicap.
Things were going along pretty good for us as well, as we had four winners on top and my second choice won three others through seven races. We had five recommended exactas as well.
However, I did not have Inimitable Romanee and in the finale North Star Bay (my fourth choice) beat my top pick Mr. Jenney by a head.
In case you have not heard, longtime turf scribe Paul Moran passed away on Saturday after a long bout with lung cancer.
Moran covered horse racing for Newsday for more than two decades, and won a pair of media Eclipse Awards as well as a Red Smith Award.
He retired in 2008 but has been a columnist for ESPN.com, his last column titled “Evolution of the Breeders Cup”, which was published on Oct. 28.
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Analysis: Marie Antoinette put in a solid effort in her debut, tracking the early pace and battling on gamely until late, coming up just 3/4 of a length shy of the top spot going long over turf labeled as good. She should be tighter second off the bench and will catch firmer footing here. The Pletcher barn is 36% winners with second out maidens. The filly has a couple of sibs that are winners including stakes winner Crimson China ($159,393).
Mobilize stretches out to a route after a good runner up finish last out going seven furlongs on the turf at Belmont Park as the beaten favorite. He improved second out after checking in fifth in her debut on the main track. She returns off a two-month break here for the Shug barn that brings them along slower than most. She has enough pedigree to handle the extra ground.
WIN: #1 to win at 2-1 or better.
EX: 1,2 / 1,2,4,9
TRI: 1,2 / 1,2,4,9 / 1,2,3,4,9
Analysis: Tummel pressed the early pace and weakened inside the final furlong to finish third last out against $16,000 starter optional claimers. The colt was claimed by the Friedman barn three back for $25,000 out of a restricted race where he ran second and then landed in the bottom of the exacta two back in his first go for the barn, catching a muddy surface. The colt owns solid early and mid pace numbers and should get a good trip sitting just off the pace here. His last win came back in February versus straight three year olds for a $40,000 tag at Santa Anita.
Start Jumping stalked the early pace, made a good middle move and headed home with the lead but could not hold off the winner late in a runner up finish against $25,000 starter optional claimers. The gelding beat $35,000 non-winners of two or three-year-olds earning a career top two back in his first go off the claim by the Jacobson barn. The third place finisher in that race was Cool Under Fire, who came back to beat Alw-1 optional claimers in his next outing on Sept. 22 at Belmont Park. The cut back to six furlongs should suit here for a barn that is off to a quick start at the meeting, winning with eight of his first 23 starters.
WIN: #8 to win at 3-1 or better.
EX: 8,11 / 4,5,8,11
TRI: 8,11 / 4,5,8,11 / 2,4,5,8,11
Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Churchill Downs:
CD Race 9 Alw $43,000N1X (4:37 ET) 5 Tapit's World 3-1 6 Blue Violet 7-2 12 Moon Angel 10-1 3 Two to Tango 3-1
Analysis: Tapit's World came off a 2 1/2 month break with a good late rally to finish in the runner up spot last out over poly at Keeneland against Alw-2L foes. All three of this guy's starts have been on the fake stuff but he put in a good morning drill over the surface here and it appears he will like the surface switch and has enough pedigree to handle his first trip going around two turns.
Blue Violet makes her first start since spring where she faced graded stakes company in her first two starts after breaking her maiden. She put in a good effort in a third place finish in the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and then faded to finish sixth in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her last outing. The Jones barn is 19% winners with runners coming back off a +180 day layoff and the filly will appreciate the class relief here as she returns off the bench.
WIN: #5 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 5,6 / 3,5,6,12
TRI: 5,6 / 3,5,6,12 / 2,3,5,6,12
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.
R1: #9 Camryn’s Gem 12-1
R2: #4 Blue Ballerina 8-1
R3: #1 ONecats Chance 8-1
R3: #2 Shot to Win 8-1
R4: #4 Running Wild 12-1
R5: #5 Dancing for Glory 8-1
R5: #13 Yes It’s Pink 8-1
R6: #7 Light Weight 8-1
R7: #8 Speaking of Which 10-1
R9: #11 Giant Jo 10-1
R9: #3 Maybrys Challlenge 12-1
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