$200,000, GII Top Flight Hcp., 3YO & up F/M’s, at 1 1/16 miles (dirt) ( Race #8, Post time 3;48 p.m. EST).
The GII Top Flight Hcp offers only a field of six older Fillies and Mares but it’s a solid field of graded runners despite its diminutive size.
Teen Pauline , at 9/5, is one of a pair of Todd Pletcher entries in here and has had a hot hand here at Aqueduct in 2014, rolling in off two straight Stakes wins in the Affectionately Stakes winning by 4 3/4 lengths 2 back and a big 10 length win in the Ladies Handicap here on Jan. 25th last out, as both wins were wire to wire victories! She’ll probably be the controlling speed here on Saturday and her pp’s show she always finishes in a money position too!
Summer Applause , at 8/5, who came 4th in the B/C F/M’s Sprint last out and is a multiple graded winner who also is last year’s defending champ in here on Saturday makes her first start of 2014. This one can stalk or close but probably will not challenge until later in this race!
Centring , at 5/1, who came 2nd and 3rd to Teen Pauline , in those Affectionately Stakes and the Ladies Handicap races in her last two outs. She does seem to find the board in almost all her most recent outings, picking up those minor awards with a solid closing kick. No early speed here!
Royal Lahaina , at 6/1, is the other Todd Pletcher entry here as 3 back she won the GII Go For Wand Stakes here at Aqueduct in a nice stalking and pouncing trip, then inching away to a 2 1/4 lengths win! Had a horrible trip last out in that same Ladies Handicap finishing 21 lengths behind Teen Pauline as the 1 1/8 mile distance just isn’t her thing. She needs to find her GII winning form again and perhaps the shorter 1 1/16 mile will offer some relief for her here on Saturday!
Flash Forward , at 10/1, brings GIII experience to this race on Saturday with multiple board hits at the stakes level here on the NYRA circuit in the past year. She was 2nd in that same Ladies Handicap last out, gearing down to be 10 lengths off the uncatchable Teen Pauline , that day. A great pedigree with solid connections too and does seems to find a home on the board in most of her outings, as well! Again, no early speed here either!
Flores Island , at 10/1, whose been making noise at the Aqueduct alw level this season takes her first bite at a Big Apple graded event here on Saturday! She comes in off 3 straight wins at the Mdn, 1x alw and 2x alw levels after a parade of 2nd’s at the mdn level. She has found her best stride of late but she’s in with some fast company here so her “A” game is a must here on Saturday! She can go early and she just might have to do that to pick up a piece in here!
Six, lovely ladies will go postward here this Saturday at the Big “A” in the GII Top Flight Hcp. on a busy day of graded racing here in the Big Apple!
|1.||Flash Forward||C H Velasquez||117||D Schettino||10/1|
|2.||Teen Pauline||I Ortiz, Jr.||123||T A Pletcher||9/5|
|3.||Centring||R Maragh||117||T Albertrani||5/1|
|4.||Summer Applause||J L Ortiz||123||C C Brown||8/5|
|5.||Flores Island||M Franco||116||W I Mott||10/1|
|6.||Royal Lahaina||C S Nakatani||120||T A Pletcher||6/1|
Picks are – 2,3,4,6,exacta box, with the 1 or 5 at the back of a super play!