Photo: NYRA / Adam Coglianese
This Saturday at The Big A has the makings of a spectacular afternoon. We have some awesome graded
stakes action, and for me personally, it will mark a couple of firsts. It will
be my inaugural trip to Aqueduct and also my first time on scene as a member of
the HRN team. I am thrilled about both and I cannot wait for the action. And as
you already know, if we are talking about racing in New York, you have to
include Matt Shifman in the discussion. He is being nice enough to show me the
ropes on Saturday and so we decided we would take a look at the late Pick 4
together. Two sets of eyes are always better than one. Here's our take.
Matt and I saw this one
pretty much the same. He is going to use Wedding Toast, Galloping Giraffe, and Sky Girl. I will use those 3 as well as adding in Flash Forward. It appears
our thinking was along the same lines here. Either Wedding Toast smokes the
field or this is falling apart late and a closer will be coming to pick up the
The Cigar Mile
What an awesome race. I
went short here and Matt went deep. I will be using Clearly Now and Groupie
Doll. Matt will go 5 deep with Forty Tales, Groupie Doll, Laugh Track, Flat
Out, and Verrazano. This is such a talented field anything could happen. When I
saw his selections it made me want to add a few more to mine. I will stick to
my guns though and hope we both survive this leg.
We were pretty aligned
on this one. It looks like we both think the top 2 are going to be tough, but
just in case we both\ added 1 more. He is going 3 deep with Noble Moon, Honor
Code, and Cairo Prince. I will also go 3 deep with Master Lightning, Honor Code,
and Cairo Prince. Noble Moon is one that I was really torn on, I hope I don't
regret leaving him off my ticket.
The night cap was
absolute torture to handicap. We both saw this exactly the same and decided on
using Luxury Appeal, Herbert Hall, and Winning Touch. Luxury Appeal gets off
the rail for this and ran a pretty nice race last out while fighting from the
inside. As for the other two, the form is kind of sketchy, but they are in the
care of David Jacobson who knows how to turn a horse around.
Matt: 2-6-8 with
2-4-5-9-10 with 1-4-9 with 5-6-11. Wager will cost $67.50 for fifty cents.
Mike: 1-2-6-8 with 3-4
with 2-4-9 with 5-6-11. Wager will cost $36 for fifty cents.
Combined: 1-2-6-8 with
2-3-4-5-9-10 with 1-2-4-9 with 5-6-11. Wager will cost $144 for fifty cents.
As always, best of luck
and have a winning day. Good vibes being sent your way.