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Cigar Mile to the Hollywood Derby: The Conductor’s Saturday Stakes Plays

Only 3 short priced winners yesterday, another blah day for the Conductor.  It’s been a tough week, but there is no time to dwell on the past, the future is now.  We have an action-packed Saturday with stakes races across the county and the Conductor will play them all.  Strap in, the train is going to rack up some serious miles today.  Let’s Ride.

Aqueduct’s Graded Stakes Keys to the Pick 6

Race 6: 1 Mile. F. G3 Go For Wand Handicap

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Come Dancing (10/1) – Pressing a hot pace going longer in a very tough Grade 1 race, she ran admirably last time.  She’ll appreciate the cutback in distance and is working well entering today.  Her best gives her every chance.

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Race 8: 1 1/8 Mile. G2 Remsen Stakes

*Never a Doubt Lock of the Sequence #5 Network Effect (7/5) – This looks like a two-horse race on paper and the Conductor will lean toward the Chad Brown runner.  He’s faced much tougher in his first two starts than #6 Maximus Mischief (6/5) and he’s run against much faster paces.

Race 9: 1 Mile. Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap

*Atom Bomb Shot of the Day #3 Pat on the Back (15/1) – After stumbling at the start, he ran huge to win easy in a state bred stakes last race.  That race was the fastest in the field on the Conductor’s numbers.  He’ll be a little farther back today, but with speed drawn to his inside and out, he’ll have a formidable pace to run at.  This is a weak Grade 1 field, and many have chances.  The Conductor will go for a price and key him in the exotics.

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Del Mar’s Keys to the Late Pick 4:

Race 6: 7 Furlongs. F.Alw 50000s

#8 Vallestina (5/1) – Drawn well to the outside, she has impressive early pace figures in a race without much speed signed on.  She is a consistent runner, switches back to the dirt today and has run her best over this Del Mar surface.

Race 7: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) G1 Hollywood Derby

*Double Barreled Shotgun Blasts #11 Carrick (8/1) – He didn’t run a step on soft turf last time, but the Conductor is throwing that race out.  He’s had some time off since, is a Grade 1 winner and has run well over multiple distances and surfaces in his young career.  He draws a tough post, nut the Conductor is trusting the Rajin Cajun to figure out a good trip.

#14 Californiagoldrush (12/1) – Another brutal post draw, but that’s the only knock against this horse.  He’s the class of the field and the horse the Conductor like most.  He has enough early speed to prevent being fanned too wide into the first turn.

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Race 8: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 53k

#7 American Camp (8/1) – This 325k colt is working like a rocket and his dam is 1/1 producing winners.  He’ll have good early speed and trainer Bob Hess Jr hits at a decent 10% clip with 1st time starters.

Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.S.OC 20000n1x

*Never a Doubt Lock of the Sequence #1 Marjorie (7/2) – She ran a decent 3rd off a layoff last start and should step forward off that effort.  She’s beaten much tougher open company in her young career and trainer Patrick Gallagher is 29% with a +$0.76 ROI with runners 2nd off the bench this year.

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