2014 Distaff at Aqueduct

Distaff Handicap

Kauai KatieIt is time to preview the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct for fillies and mares three years old and up going a distance of six furlongs for a purse of  $200,000. The morning line favorite is Linda Rice’s La Verdad with Jose Ortiz in the irons. This horse loves to go to the lead and try to win it wire to wire. She has only had one graded stakes appearance and she held on for second in that one. She may find the going a little bit tougher today with some more company on the front end. Second choice in the ML is Todd Pletcher’s Kauai Katie with John Velazquez aboard. This one has plenty of graded stakes experience and will be one of those that gives  La Verdad some competition in the early going. She hasn’t run since July of last year and that has me somewhat concerned. She may have some rust to shake off, if you know what I mean.

MyPalChrisyThird in the ML is Barclay Tagg’s Munning’s Sister with Luis Saez in the saddle. She too likes the front end and will be laying just off the shoulders of the top two. She has yet to finish better than 3rd in a graded stakes event and it looks kind of tough for her here too. This race is a race that is filled with speed and it just depends on who can get away with an easy lead. If all three of the aforementioned horses gun for the lead and set blazing fractions, then it sets up for someone from off the pace. And that means you will likely get a winner that pays a decent price. So here goes. I am going to say that all three of the ML favorites try to get the lead and My Pal Chrisy catches them down the stretch. Her running style seems to be what it will take to win this and she just ran 2nd in a Grade 2 race at Gulstream Park. I will say that Kauai Katie will finish second and Munning’s Sister will be a tiring third. Good Handicapping Guys and Gals!




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