02/19/2017 11:10AM

Sunday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Matrooh faces a tough foe in his return to the races

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Aqueduct | Race 5 | Post Time 2:50 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 

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Matrooh (#1A) is the best horse running on this card. This runner was in spectacular form at the end of 2015, winning the Bold Ruler before finishing a game third behind the almighty Tonalist in the Cigar Mile. If he runs back to either of those efforts, he is probably going to win this race. And there’s reason to expect that he could be ready to fire a good effort off the layoff given how well he ran when returning from a similar break in March of 2015. However, he’s now a 7-year-old gelding, and his price won’t be helped by the presence of his coupled stablemated, who is not without a chance himself. I think there’s at least one interesting alternative if Matrooh underperforms.

DOYOUKNOWSOMETHING (#2) ran extremely well to win two back. I know that the rail was yielding an advantage that day, but he still set a strong pace and really had to dig in to hold off an in-form Send It In. While it appears that he regressed last time, I’m not sure that he actually did. He was racing two- to three-wide against the gold rail Jan. 14 and did well to hang with winner Sunny Ridge until the late stages. Today he figures to be the main speed again and this horse has routinely run his best races when he’s sent to the front. The Pace Projector is forecasting a scenario that favors the leader, so Angel Arroyo has no reason to be aggressive.

 

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Win: 2
Trifecta: 1,2 with 1,2 with ALL