11/08/2010 4:11PM

61,826 reasons to like Aqueduct card and its carryover


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The pick six went unhit on both Saturday and Sunday at Aqueduct, resulting in a pick-six carryover of $61,826 entering Wednesday’s card.

Wednesday’s sequence looks challenging with three of the six races scheduled for the turf. After a combination of sleet, rain, and cold on Monday, the weather was expected to improve beginning Tuesday and dry conditions should prevail on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at the pick six sequence:

Fourth race: In This Life, a $400,000 yearling purchase, is being offered for $25,000 – her first start for a claiming price – in this race scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. A 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, she was basically eased in an off-the-turf spot on Oct. 6. Trainer Jimmy Toner said he has been looking to get In This Life on the turf.

Fleet Allaire drops down to the $25,000 level after finishing second for $50,000 last out. It is interesting to note that Alex Solis, who rode Fleet Allaire last out, is now on In This Life. To The Point is the one to catch and gets a rider switch from Victor Santiago to John Velazquez.

Fifth race: There appears to be plenty of speed in this New York-bred second-level allowance/$25,000 claiming race going six furlongs on dirt. A fast pace would set things up for Siete Machos, who will break from the outside post under Velazquez. He is 1 for 1 at the distance. A potential single.

Wise Stop, trained by Rudy Rodriguez has won 3 of his last 4, including a three-quarter-length score in this same condition when being offered for $50,000 last out. Stormin Bolt returns from a lengthy layoff for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Sixth race: Trainer Dominic Galluscio could play a significant role in the pick-six with three runners in the sequence. His first, Much Fanfare, comes off a win at the $25,000 level for those who had won only a single race. This group is slightly tougher, but her only bad race on turf came against $35,000 claimers. Wild Awake has run two solid races over Aqueduct’s turf course. Three Emeralds is a four-time winner.

Seventh race: The Paul Pompa-owned entry of Drink With Pride, trained by Todd Pletcher, and Sensationalist, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., have complimentary running styles. Drink With Pride has speed while Sensationalist ran well form off the pace. Black Pen would be tough if able to duplicate last race in which he ran six furlongs in 1:08 and earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. Obvious bounce candidate.

Galluscio said he claimed Seventh Star to run on turf, but the horse has actually proven better on dirt and has a win at seven furlongs. King Bo Bo has won three straight and has been freshened by Rudy Rodriguez.

Eighth race: Bishop of Nola won two straight before encountering trouble and a speed-favoring turf course in Saratoga. Has been freshened by Bruce Brown and gelding has a win and a second in three starts over this turf course. Smart Enuf is another horse for course while Mr. Vegas, 1 for 1 at Aqueduct, was a better-than-it-looked fifth in the Mohawk last out.

Ninth race: In maiden race without much talent, first-time starters Sully’s Landing (Galluscio) and Financial Storm (Charlton Baker) look interesting. Financial Storm is by Storm Cat out of the mare Exchange Place, who was a debut winner and who is a full-sister to the Grade 1 winner Affirmed Success. Of those that have run, Jello Shot is useable after getting off slowly in last start. Race two back seems good enough to contend.