2013 Long Island Handicap

Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct

AnjazWe’re going to be looking at the Grade Long Island Handicap to be run at a distance of 11/2 miles for fillies and mares 3 year olds and upward over the turf course with a purse of  $200,000 at Aqueduct. The morning line has Thomas Albertrani’s Anjaz as the favorite, projected to go off at 5/2. This is a lightly raced filly that has not won a race this year and was a winner only once last year. Her last race was a stakes race at Saratoga which wasn’t graded. She did finish the 11/2 mile race 2nd that day with a pretty impressive speed figure. She gets the services of Javier Castellano for this one but I feel she is beatable. (What? I don’t like the favorite?) 😆 Second choice in the ML is Graham Motion’s Strathnaver to be ridden by Rajiv Maragh at 3 to 1. She too is lightly raced and loves to come out of the clouds from way back. She won a Grade 3 race at Keeneland in April at 18 to 1. Still, I just don’t like a horse that hasn’t raced much in the year. She did win her last one however at Laurel, but it wasn’t graded.

Left a MessageNext in line is Christopho Clement’s Aigue Marine at 4 to 1. She has only race twice this year and one of those was an optional claiming race for $82,500. She did win that race and was ridden out. I’m not going to spend much time talking about her. I may be way off base, but I just don’t see her deserving to be the third choice in this race. But as we all know, I have been wrong before. I must be missing something here. Maybe the favorites will get there because I see not much of anything here that I would want to place my money on. I mean the top three choices have had graded stakes experience but what have they been doing lately? Sheesh!! I guess I have to pick something here, but I wouldn’t put the family jewels up as collateral. So here goes. I pick Left a Message first, Strathnaver second and Sheppard’s Pie third. I picked him only because I had sheppard pie last night for dinner. Good luck with this one and I sincerely mean that.



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