DECEMBER 6, 2012
by John Mucciolo
There were no graded events over the weekend at the Big A.
A total of 45 races were held at the Jamaica, New York, venue, with favorites winning at a 44-percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 64 percent of the wins during the week. From 38 races on the main oval, seven animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (18 percent), while none of the seven races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front.
Favorites had a big week at the Big A as 20 top choices came through during the week, with six winning on Wednesday and seven on Sunday.
Speed was best on Wednesday, with four horses leading at every call, but the track seemed mostly fair to us during the week, and the amount of well-bet winners enhances that thought.
We have liked horses traveling a path or two off the rail for the most part at this meeting, and the 20 winners this week that broke from posts 4-6 bolster our opinion some.
HORSES TO WATCH
4TH -- LITTLE ROCKET (Yes It's True) looked like a seasoned vet at first asking in here for Michael Hushion. The juvenile filly took dirt in her face while tracking along the rail, came outside right on cue when a spot cleared and drove home a fine winner under Mike Luzzi. This could be a nice one.
7TH -- BOMBER BOY (Bernardini) has really turned it around over the past few months and is starting to show the promise that he gave a glimpse of early in his lifetime. The four-year-old colt was a fine allowance winner in this one, taking over from a clear leader late after being last for the opening half-mile of this event for Rudy Rodriguez.
3RD -- MOONSHINE BAY (Kela) was super stubborn on the lead and was a bit unlucky not to have won this for the effort the gelded four-year-old put in. We'll tab the Nick Canani trainee for success next time out if placed properly.
7TH -- KHARAFA (Kitalpha) romped in this turf test over yielding ground and is now proven on just about all types of going for trainer Timmy Hills. The sophomore colt could be stakes bound soon in this current form cycle.
4TH -- WELL HEELED (Unbridled's Song) took command soon after the start and went wire-to-wire in comfortable fashion in a stylish debut triumph for Leah Gyarmati. We don't see too many win from this barn first time out, so this filly, who came home in a solid :24 3/5, could be a nice one with expected improvement going forward.
8TH -- BIG BUSINESS (Eddington) moved into contention approaching the turn for home, held a slight edge in midstretch and exploded home with excellent energy en route to a six-length romp in here under Junior Alvarado. The David Jacobson pupil came home fast and should be considered for a stakes venture in the recent future.
3RD -- MISS VALENTINE (Afleet Alex) was very impressive in this affair for conditioner Christophe Clement, running down a clear leader to pull away in a fine late run. The four-year-old filly got her final quarter-mile in :23 1/5 and seemed to have a lot more in the tank at the finish.
A LOOK AHEAD
There are no graded races this week at Aqueduct.
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