AQUE­DUCT

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next start when en­tered for main track only; looks like a heavy fa­vorite here as she stretches out in a weak field. SHORT POUR ran well in first two starts of her ca­reer on turf then took a shot in the Maid of the Mist to no avail; likely bet­ter on turf but can have one more chance in more rea­son­able spot on dirt. THREE BIRDS closed into a solid pace to break her maiden in the slop two starts back then earned a sec­ond straight new top fig­ure when pick­ing up 3rd be­hind the streak­ing South of France (has won three straight, in­clud­ing the off the turf Tepin stakes) last time; needs some pace but is the only en­trant with a prior win rout­ing.

SIXTH RACE

SHIM­MER­ING MOON en­tered for the price off the lay­off with no NY-bred con­di­tions left as she makes her first start for Linda Rice; got good sprint­ing last sum­mer for her prior trainer, in­clud­ing a nice win over course and dis­tance last Novem­ber while deal­ing with some traf­fic, and she then caught three wet tracks in a row on dirt, be­fore get­ting in too tough at Saratoga in Au­gust. FLAT CALM has all the best of it on the lead when break­ing her maiden over a mile, then man­aged to get early con­trol when win­ning at a big price sprint­ing off the lay­off, but she showed she can track a pace when fin­ish­ing a game sec­ond to a good win­ner last time; lightly-race 3yo still has some up­side as she cuts back for this. MY ROXY GIRL fac­ing a field of horses who are ca­pa­ble of run­ning faster than she, but her best race puts her there and she loves this track, which she af­firmed when rolling to an easy win in the mud last time.

SEV­ENTH RACE

COME ON CITY was no match for the top 3yo fil­lies in Ger­many but she won both non-stakes starts with ease and ships in to make her state­side de­but for a trainer sport­ing strong num­bers with horses like this - Mo­tion, past five years, first after trainer change, for­eign ship­per, turf, Lasix on: 17 for 57, 30%, $3.16 ROI. MITCHELL ROAD just start­ing back fol­low­ing a March lay­off after get­ting nailed by the closer Camilla Princess, who re­turned to win a stakes in her next start, when last seen; owns good speed and starts back for a trainer who can have them ready off the bench. BRIDALED TEM­PER a con­sis­tent closer who will need some pace to be most ef­fec­tive, but she has im­proved right along and ran her race in her lone NY start, which came sprint­ing in her de­but; well-bred filly is still mak­ing strides.

EIGHTH RACE

SUN­SET RIDGE looked quite good go­ing 4 for 4 as a 3yo and earned a cou­ple of fig­ures that stand out in this field, as­sum­ing she re­mains ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing at that level; first start back from an ex­tended lay­off of­fered some clues as she con­tin­ued on gamely in the stretch after be­ing de­nied by Sat­isfy, who cur­rently sits at 5 for 7 life­time, with a pair of 2nds. CRIM­SON FROST has posted both NY wins over this course and dis­tance and also earned ca­reer-best Bey­ers of 90 and 84 over a one-turn mile; un­der­rated 4yo has a lay­off to deal with but she is a nice fit in this field if close to ready. JUMP RULER’s best chance may be to go ag­gres­sively from the jump in this spot and think there is a chance that she can con­tend if able to make the early lead after im­prov­ing from race to race ear­lier this year, in­clud­ing two wins over this track and a blowout at Mon­mouth prior to get­ting a break; had no chance in the Cotillion upon her re­turn and didn’t think she ran poorly at all be­hind an im­pres­sive win­ner at Keeneland last time.

NINTH RACE

SANTO AN­TO­NIO isn’t easy to trust after fail­ing to make an im­pact as a heavy fa­vorite when dropped in class last month but he does have lay­over races to get to in this spot as he drops again, and it’s not like it’s easy to make a case for any­one else; don’t know where he goes from here if he can’t beat these. HOLYCOWITS PA­TRICK was nowhere in his re­turn from the lay­off last time but he was at least im­prov­ing prior to get­ting that break; blink­ers on for his sec­ond start back. LO­CAL EDI­TION was no match for class-drop­ping Okeamo in his dirt de­but last time, but he did man­age to pre­vail for 2nd over three of these same ri­vals in that spot; sup­pose he could do bet­ter here but don’t see the real rea­son why he should keep im­prov­ing on this sur­face after get­ting a good trip in that last one.

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