Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct

Aqueduct’s Ruthless Stakes

MamdoohaOn Sunday, January 12th, 2014 the $100,000 Ruthless Stakes will be the 3rd race on the card at Aqueduct. The Ruthless will feature a field of 5 three year old fillies traveling 6 furlongs. With such a short field, it’s hard to get a filly here with nice odds, but for the sake of argument, let’s take a look. The 9/5 favorite here is Mamdooha. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Eddie Castro, Mamdooha is on a 2 win streak and is coming out of a victory in the Gin Talking at Laurel where she won by 4 ½ lengths. Prior to that race, she won a straight maiden 70k at Aqueduct by 4 lengths back in November. She looks fit for this one. Close on her heels on the morning line is Summertime Friend at 2 to 1.  Summertime Friend is also trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz. In her last outing she ran 3rd in optional claiming 75k at Aqueduct and missed it by 2 ½ lengths. Prior to that race, she broke maiden in a straight maiden 70k at Belmont, winning by 4 ½ lengths in a 5 ½ furlong event.

Alpaca Fina Looking to Improve

Alpaca FinaSummertime Friend looks like a great filly, but I’m not so sure why she was given 2 to 1 odds on the morning line when she was beaten in her last race by Alpaca Fina who is 3 to 1 on the ML here. Trained by David Jacobson and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Alpaca Fina fell short in the Busanda Stakes on January 4th at Aqueduct running 5th, but in the race before that, she beat out Summertime Friend by 2 ½ lengths in a 7 furlong race. Honestly with so many frontrunners entered here, Alpaca Fina should be the value play for this one. She has the preferred stalking style run that could get her to the winner’s circle and certainly has the speed to contend with all entered here. For a “longshot”, I really like Vero Amore at 7/2 on the morning line. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and trained by Robert Reid, Jr., Vero Amore has the best speed figure of the bunch. Coming in from Parx Racing she will be ignored by the public, but I think she has an excellent shot in the Ruthless if front end speed does hold. She’s on a 2 win streak and has the speed to dominate here. Last but not least is Keep in Mind who is 30-1 on the ML.  Ridden by Jonathan Zayas and trained by Luis Miranda, Keep in Mind certainly appears outclassed in this one. I love a longshot more than anyone, but I’m just not convinced that this filly could surprise us. Good luck everybody!




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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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