AQUEDUCT #9 at 04:50 PM Eastern
Top Pick: #5 (ROMAN CERES) (5-1) – She’s one of five first-time-starters in this eight-horse field. Filly ships up from Payson Park in Florida, which is trainer Bill Mott’s winter base of operations. The track there is very deep and usually leads to slow-timed works. She was training well above average before moving north and has a pair of quick works at Belmont since arriving.
2nd Pick: #3 (Nick’s Funnybone) (3-1) – She showed good early speed before tiring late when debuting here at this level and distance Jan. 31st. Capable small barn (Mark Hubley) brings her back quickly, and she should be involved from start-to-finish.
3rd Pick: #2 (Riot Worthy) (2-1) – The probable favorite, she’s finished 2nd in three of five starts when facing maidens. Freshened up since late December, owner/trainer Charlie Baker had her work a quick half-mile Feb. 6th at Belmont.
4th Pick: #7 (Gonna Find Her) (6-1) – Very wide in her debut, she raced evenly while finishing 4th of seven. In a sharp and under-rated barn (Mike Dilger), I expect this daughter of ‘Posse’ to factor at a square price.