AQUEDUCT #8 at 03:50 PM Eastern
Top Pick: #5 (DOCTOR DEMPSEY) (4-1) – Undefeated (two-for-two), but very fragile 5yo returns today for his first start since June 5 of 2014. Very fast from the gate, he’s working on the quick side, and this Bob Baffert trained runner can take this if ready.
2nd Pick: #10 (Adirondack Posse) (10-1) – Longshot ran a career best when winning here at this distance facing slightly weaker Nov. 14th. He’s worked a bullet three furlongs since, and strong finisher is dangerous at a big price.
3rd Pick: #2 (True Bet) (12-1) – Much improved in his last three starts, he moves up a condition after a sharp allowance win at Belmont Oct. 23rd. He has enough speed to stay within range and is a threat turning for home.
4th Pick: #3 (Bass River Road) (8-1) – He’s won more races (seven) than any other entered. Grey gelding defeated weaker at Belmont Oct. 21st, then ran 4th her in the slop against a tough field Nov. 11th. Must be left in the mix.
5th Pick: #7 (Giantinthmoonlite) (8-1) – Consistent sort was almost five lengths back of ‘Bass River Road’ last out, but he was not prepared for the start. Fits with his best, and he’s back in shape following almost a five-month layoff.