The Conductor had a 5/1 winner in the 4th race at Aqueduct yesterday, but other than that he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Aqueduct has been all or nothing this meet for the Conductor. Thankfully the train heads back to our bread and butter today with Del Mar back for its closing week. The only bad news is that it’s raining like its New York and the races will likely be off the turf. We’ll find a way to succeed under the adverse conditions. That’s what champions do and why he’s the Conductor. Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 5 Furlongs. (OFF Turf) F.OC 62500b
#5 S Y Sky (3/1) – Her best race was over a good dirt surface, which she should see today. She’s the fastest on paper, shortens in distance and drops in class.
#7 Nine Point Nine (8/1) – She hasn’t run on dirt in a long time, but she has 3 wins on dirt and ran decent in her lone start on an off track. If she stay in the field the Conductor will use her in the exacta.
Race 2: 6 Furlongs. S.OC 80000
#2 Luck’s Royal Flush (5/2) – He’s the class of the field and made an early move into a hot pace last time. He’ll win today for sure.
Race 3: 5 Furlongs. (OFF Turf) Clm 32000
#9 Aristocratic (9/2) – He pressed a hot pace vs tougher last start and he’s run his best on an off track. He should step forward in his 2nd start off the layoff and he gets blinkers back on.
Race 4: 6 ½ Furlongs. S.MC 50000
#5 Sidepocket Action (5/1) – He has good early speed and drops in for a tag for the first time. He is working well and has run the highest number in this field in his debut. We can’t get 5/1, that would be stealing.
Race 5: 1 Mile. (OFF Turf) S.Mdn 53k
#3 Unusual Rider (7/2) – You won’t see a hotter pace set on the turf at this level than his last start. His running style should fit the dirt perfectly and if he can ration his speed a little better he’ll be tough to beat.
*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Brix (10/1) – Heavily bet in his debut, he showed brief speed, then faded badly. Trainer Richard Baltas is 19% this year stretching horses out for the first time this year and if Prat is hopping aboard this horse can run. He has very strong works as well.
Race 6: 1 Mile. Alw 50000s
*Never a Doubt Lock of the Day #7 Mongolian Groom (5/2) – Dropping in class, steadily improving the Conductor can’t get away from him. His last race destroys this field.
Race 7: 1 Mile. (OFF Turf) Clm 320002L
#1 Wilshire Dude (6/1) – His best race was on dirt two starts back and makes him very competitive in here. His lone win was also on a wet track which he’ll get today. The Conductor sees him stepping forward in Bill Spawr’s barn.
Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. MC 32000
#3 Suite Alonso (8/1) – The Conductor loves his work tab at Del Mar and this is a wide open group. Trainer Doug O’Neil has a +$0.11 ROI this year debuting maiden claimers.