The Week Between

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We have a four, yes four stakes to sort through Saturday at Aqueduct or Belmont at Aqueduct if that is your preference. Let’s see if we can pad that Preakness bankroll a bit.

The Beaugay appears to go through Chad Brown fresh off his tough loss with Sierra Leone last Saturday. That said he didn’t exactly have a bad weekend. Aspray makes her return to the races and lay-offs are no problem for this barn. She will have to beat her stablemate Whitebeam who is no slouch and is also making her return to the races with Irad up. I think Aspray gets the edge and the nod from me this round. She runs good right off the bench and looks like the type of filly that will continue to develop and could be sitting on the start of a big year. The pace is iffy here and she’d be better suited the more early pace there is but sometimes class shows, and this can be one of those times the way I see this one playing out.

In the RunHappy Straight No Chaser looks tough on the rail with the lead going six furlongs. He is fresh and changes barns and will also be over-bet due to My Racehorse ownership. That said clear speed from the rail going six at the Big A is rarely a bad thing and this new barn seems to have come out hot. Some nice works in California should have this fresh shipper ready to come out shooting.

The Peter Pan, a potential Belmont Stakes prep loses Tuscan Gold to the Preakness. We still have a competitive race and I think two potentially vulnerable favorites in Deterministic and The Wine Steward. I lean to Antiquarian. This colt was thrown to the wolves off his maiden win obviously with hopes of making the Derby field which didn’t happen. He has a little freshening up here and I think should be all the better for the Louisiana Derby experience. He should sit a good trip here up close or on the pace and I think he is likely to move forward.

The Man O War looks like it goes through the Godolphin horses. Nations Pride and Silver Knott are both capable. They aren’t the only ones however. Ohana Honor is improving, Tawny Port is a new horse for Clement on the grass and Kertez looked okay in the US debut. I loved Silver Knott at a nice and somewhat generous price last out and I will come back with him again. He has always had the talent and after some rough trips and questionable rides he has put it all together. He went to the lead last out but doesn’t have to and can be wherever Prat wants him to.

Enjoy the races and win the photos!

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Jon Stettin

Since childhood, Jon has always had a deep love and respect for the Sport of Kings. His years of experience have earned him a well respected spot in the industry as a handicapper. He now is a frequent contributor to AmWager as well as writing for his own site.

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