Player Quick Pick: Aqueduct 11/30/2014

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D.S. Williamson

November 30th, 2014

After yesterday’s fantastic card, where Private Zone ran a half-mile in around :44 and still managed to win the Cigar Mile, horseplayers can be forgiven if they aren’t too excited about Sunday’s card at the Big A. Race 9, the night-cap, appears to be the event that could offer up a nice long shot, though.

Aqueduct Racetrack 9 | 4:12 pm ET

Claiming (3) for 3&Up F&M going 1-1/16 mi. (T)

5 – Bartiromo – 6/1 – This Robert Barbara trainee takes a step up from the $20,000 claiming level to this $35,000 level, but the races in the summer over the turf were more than good enough to beat this field. Bartiromo was running in optional claiming $75K events at Saratoga in August and at Belmont in June. The filly was finishing only 2.25 lengths behind some seriously talented horses. So, the key is to make sure that she’s in good form for this. If her last is any indication, where she finished only a half-length behind the winner over this Aqueduct turf course after chasing a 51.1 quarter and a 1:16.4 half at the mile distance, Bartiromo is ready to rock. The jockey switch from Luis Saez to the brilliant Javier Castellano may not be the reason that she wins the race, but it won’t hurt her chances either. She’s loaded to bear in this and figures as a major overlay if she keeps the morning line odds.

9-Ear D’Rythmn – 7/2 – Jockey Rudy Rodriguez sends this Medaglia D’Oro four-year-old filly from an allowance in her last to this $35,000 claimer. Rodriguez wins 20% with horses that he puts into claiming races. The move from jockey H.M. Diaz to Ruben Silvera might help the cause as Silvera figures to keep this one closer to the pace and it’s hard to gauge the last race since it was over the slop and it’s obvious that Ear D’Rythmn is a turf horse. Rodriguez is extremely adept at placing his horses where they have the best chance to win. The speed ratings over the turf are very good while this field is lacking any real class. If Ear D’Rythmn just runs back to some of her previous races at the allowance level, a victory might be assured.

10-Stack the Storm – 3/1 – The morning line chalk sure looks formidable on paper. She’s run much faster than most of her competition here, but her last few races, all at the optional claiming $25K level, leave something to be desired. Yes, speed wise she appears faster, but she doesn’t really like to win races. She finished in seventh place by 3 lengths in her last after having to go wide. This is her third race off of a layoff and that should give her backers some hope, but will she take another step forward or simply run another ho-hum race? At the likely underlay odds, it’s very difficult to back the chalk in the ninth at the Big A on Sunday with any conviction.