Off to the Races 

Aqueduct, January 11, 2020

Race 2 – Claiming

We Should Talk has good recent numbers at a higher level as he drops down today seeking an overdue victory. First off the claim for Atras clicking at 26% should run a big race in this spot.

Race 5 – Claiming

Our Stormin Normin drops into a softer spot today off a very good effort last time out. Currently seems to be in his best physical condition in a long while and it’s a very positive sign that he comes back here in just 20 days from his last effort. Figures to be stalking early and closes the deal in the stretch.

Race 6 – Allowance

Blindwillie McTell never seems to run a bad race and was thrown in pretty deeply & pretty far last time out in the Albany. Seems more like a stalking sprinter than a router & comes in off a solid string of works. Should be within striking distance early before making his run turning for home.

Race 7 – Allowance

Tough field with several options makes this a great betting race as your sure to get a solid price whichever way you go here and I am going to select Playwright. He has won against some deep fields and his last race indicates he’s in top shape making me believe he’ll follow his last effort with another big effort. Should work out a nice trip from the outside with his tactical speed.

Race 8 – The Say Florida Sandy Stakes

Another tough field and it’s easy to go several ways in here. I chose to back Celtic Chaos in here because he has faced some very deep fields and has fared pretty well. Last time out he faced a sloppy surface and didn’t have much chance to make his run although turning in a very good last 1/8th in :12 seconds. I think he will move forward off this last start and make a very strong late run in this spot. Trainer wheels right back here two weeks from that last start.

Race 9 – Maidens

Last race of the day and we’ll try to get Love Me Tomorrow home first off a very impressive string of works over a heavier, artificial surface that can sharpen a horses conditioning quite deeply. The Blinks come off here so expecting a nice stalking trip from the outside post. Might want to consider singling Love in a double with your choice from the prior race. Menzamenz gets Blinks after showing a sharp ¼ mile on turf and drops into a softer sot here. Will be a nice price to fit into your Exacta’s and Tri’s!

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