Sunday's Best Bet: Always Shopping can deliver in Busanda Stakes

February 02, 2019 10:11pm

Sunday’s eighth race from Aqueduct is the $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies traveling a mile and an eighth on the main track (Post Time - 4:25 p.m. ET).

#1 ALWAYS SHOPPING (6-1) is still a maiden but improved her numbers in all three starts including a clear place finish in a local at mile special weight affair Dec. 14. She should save all of the ground stalking the pace from the advantageous inside post and I like the confident placement by Todd Pletcher.

I played #6 Elegant Zip (6-1) multiple times last year and the consistent New York-bred filly fired trifecta shots in five of six outings. She owns competitive numbers in shorter races but I am not sure that she wants to go this far.

#9 Filly Joel (2-1) was a distant 3rd when last seen in the Demoiselle (G2) and runaway winner Positive Spirit was in a race of her own. She romped in an 8.5 furlong maiden affair at Belmont Park before that and looms a pace factor at the very least.

#11 Miss Marilyn (5-1) set the pace and held off my top choice Always Shopping Dec. 14 and that was only her second career start. She has plenty of upside but I am not thrilled with the outside draw.

The Plays:

#1 to win

Exacta Box 1-6

Exacta 1-6/9-11 

Recent Best Bet Winners

Jan. 25 - STREAK OF LUCK ($6.60), Trifecta ($11.20)

Jan. 26 - S Y Sky/Queen Bee to You/Fiery Lady Trifecta ($124.45)

Jan. 29 - Pappou/So Long Sailor Exacta ($13.40) 
Feb. 1 - MATRICULATE ($8.40)



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