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Saturday, January 20th
AQUEDUCT – Race 2
#2 ANCHOR is an interesting first-time starter here. It is interesting with his relatively precocious pedigree that it has taken him until four to make his debut but his worktab, particularly recently, has been sharp. He is out of a half sister to Graeme Hall and by one of the top stallions in the world so there is plenty of back class there. #5 STAN THE MAN loses some appeal as the favorite here as at this point he has had every chance to get the job done but he does seem to be steadily improving and has proven he can be competitive. His last effort was his best yet and he is heading in the right direction. #7 PRESERVATIONIST returned off of an extended layoff and ran a respectable third. He likely needed one off of the bench and should be a logical contender – his connections must like him to bring him back off of that sort of layoff.
AQUEDUCT – Race 8
#1 WESTWOOD broke his maiden over a quality field including Tommy T who he faces again and then came back to turn in a respectable effort against allowance competition. This gelding is bred to be a world-beater being out of the brilliant, Hall of Fame mare Ashado and while she has not been a superstar in the breeding shed, this one does seem to have some ability. His early speed should work to his advantage with the inside post. #8 POLAR JET has made a big turnaround of form and is now going for his third straight victory. He seems to be in good form right now and his ability to rate will work in his favor if Westwood gets hooked early. #2 TOMMY T has done very little wrong and has been first or second in four of his five starts. He gets a class test here after a sharp maiden win.
GULFSTREAM PARK – Race 7, $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf
#5 GALLEON MAST is a real horse for the course at Gulfstream Park and it is tough to find fault with his form. In 2017, he was on the board in all ten starts against competitive fields and has been freshened up since a good runner-up effort in the Millions Turf Preview. He is as consistent as they come and his recent workout seems to indicate he is poised for a big effort. #6 ENTERPRISING delivered as the favorite in the Millions Turf Preview and should find himself with a similar pace scenario here. He has a big turn of foot and while he has not been consistent against top level competition, he showed his back class with a huge run in the Arlington Million last year. He is a lot of horse here. #1 OUR WAY can be forgiven for his last race – the bad start compromised his chances and he never really regained his best stride. He has been on the shelf since then and training steadily to try to defend his title in this race – he won last year.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS – Race 9
#5 RAIN ON THE DUNE (GB) is a daughter of brilliant racehorse and superstar sire Frankel (GB) and while she does not appear at this point to be his best and brightest offspring, she has plenty of upside making only her second stateside start. She will get blinkers on for the first time here and this barn does show success – 29% – with first time blinkers. #1 ALINEA has not been very consistent but has shown some ability and has an advantage over several rivals in that she has proven she can run on this particular turf course. Her last effort was an encouraging step in the right direction and she seems to be hitting her best stride. #6 WINDJAMMER (GER) is tough to take at a very short price as she has had plenty of opportunities at this point to get the job done and is making her tenth start. She showed some ability early in her career in Germany and has had a couple of competitive efforts in North America as well. Live connections and some back class make her a contender.