Aqueduct Race 9 - $100,000 RED SMITH STAKES – GRADE III
Shawn: To win #8 Ziad- 2nd Us start in the first one
he almost got up for place going 3-4 wide. Has done very well in France. Just
missed twice in the grade 1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud. Use # 10 Red Knight who
seems to be progressing and getting better while # 4 Sadler's Joy has to be
used while against softer but seems to be regressing a little bit.
Thomas: #9 Aquaphobia – was shutoff in last race at
the 1/8th pole running against some of these horses. This horse was claimed by
Mike Maker and has improved with every race. I was torn been 2 horses in this
race but went with the #9 on top of 3-4-8.
Terry: #4 Sadler's Joy to win-Exacta- Sadler's Joy on
top with #10 – Red Knight, #9 Aquaphobia and #8 and Ziyad second. Finally, key
Sadler's Joy on top with all other three horses in 2nd and 3rd in the Trifecta.
Rich: Sadler's Joy (PP:4) is the class of the field
at his best but looks vulnerable as the favorite. Keep an eye on North Dakota
(PP: 5). He just ran his best race and could move forward in his second start
off the bench. Ziyad (PP: 8) and Red Knight (PP: 10) round out my picks.
Consensus: 4, 8, 9, 10 (alternatives: 3, 5)
Churchill Downs Race 9 - $100,000 CHILUKKI STAKES – GRADE
Shawn: To win # 6 Risky Mandate - Speed of the Race
and always right there. The only race she was off the board she had a bad break
and was off slow. Pair with the # 2 Finite- Class of the field should have won
last start if she could have got to the outside but had to rally up the rail.
Longshot to use for tri #8 unique factor.
Thomas: #3 Grand Cru Classe had a very good effort in
last race at 20-1 but you're not getting those odds today. I think 7f was too
short for this horse. Jockey change doesn't hurt either. Let's take #3 on top
Terry: #4 - Whoa Nellie to win-Exacta- # 4 Whoa
Nellie on top with #2 – Finite, #3 - Grand Cru Classe and #7 - Crazy Sexy Munny
second. Finally box all four horses in the exacta & trifecta.
Rich: Finite (PP: 2) is a horse for the course, two
for two at the distance. Grand Cru Classe (PP:3) won three of her four races,
should be in the mix all the way around the track. Gold Standard (PP: 5) is a
price worth watching. She's won two of three at Churchill and three of four at
Consensus: 2, 3, 4, 5/6 (alternatives 7, 8, 9)
Del Mar Race 2 - $100,000 NATIVE DIVER STAKES – GRADE III
Shawn: Win #4 Midcourt - Simply the class and speed
of the field. Use the #1 Combatant and #2 Stellar Sound behind. Wasn't sold on
the other 2 horses at all.
Thomas: #4 Midcourt is the class of the field. He has
been running in Grade 1 and 2's since his win in the Grade 3 Native Diver. If
he can get out of the gate, he should be on the lead and take care of this
field. Short price, so look maybe to play the exacta.
Terry: Exacta- #4 Midcourt on top with Stellar Sound
and Royal Ship (Brz) second.
Rich: Midcourt (PP: 4) is the one to beat but does
have a history of disappointing. Stellar Sound (PP: 2) just ran her best race
and has trained even faster since. Extra Hope (PP: 5) should get the jump on
Royal Ship (PP: 3).
Consensus: 4,2,1 (alternatives 3,5)