February 17, 2018
The gate popped open for the Grade 2, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds, and odds-on favorite Monomoy Girl spun her wheels.
Ms Locust Point galloped to her first graded victory in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on Saturday, going straight to the front under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. and posting an easy 4 1/2-length score.
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona highlights some contenders on Sunday’s card at Aqueduct.
Mom’s On Strike won her fourth race in a row Saturday, capturing the $75,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths with a powerful late rally.
Still Having Fun overcame a slow start, a bit of traffic, and a continued failure to change leads in the stretch to win Saturday’s $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck in the snow at Laurel Park.
The Player, trying blinkers for the first time, wins the Grade 3, $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap by 4 1/4 lengths.
Jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. put Miss Inclusive right on the lead in the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday and she was never headed, coming home first by 3 1/2 lengths in the snow over a muddy track.
Holding Gold won the $50,000 Colonel Power Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds in his first start of 2018.
In 2016, Hit It Once More was one of the better New York-bred 3-year-olds, winning the New York Derby at Finger Lakes and the Albany Stakes at Saratoga in back-to-back performances at short prices.
Trainer Steve Asmussen has three starters in the Southwest, including a gray son of Tapit invading from Fair Grounds. Last year, an Asmussen trainee who fit that profile was Creator, who used his late run to win the Arkansas Derby and Belmont Stakes. ...