National Racing Rundown: Thursday, January 18, 2018

National Racing Rundown

Thursday, January 18, 2018

by John Piassek

By east coast standards, the weather down south isn’t that cold. It’s cold enough to force cancellations at Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds on Thursday, though. Here’s hoping they can bounce back to race on Friday. In the meantime, let’s dive in to what we got:


TRACKS RACING THURSDAY:
AQUEDUCT: 9 races, 73 horses, first post time 12:20 PM EST
GULFSTREAM PARK: 10 races, 85 horses, first post time 12:35 PM EST
PENN NATIONAL: 8 races, 68 horses, first post time 6:00 PM EST
TURFWAY PARK: 8 races, 93 horses, first post time 6:15 PM EST
DELTA DOWNS: 10 races, 89 horses, first post time 6:40 PM EST
CHARLES TOWN: 9 races, 95 horses, first post time 7:00 PM EST

WEATHER FORECASTS:
AQUEDUCT (QUEENS, NY): 32*F, Clear
GULFSTREAM PARK (HALLANDALE BEACH, FL): 61*F, Partly Cloudy
PENN NATIONAL (GRANTVILLE, PA): 26*F, Clear
TURFWAY PARK (FLORENCE, KY): 28*F, Clear
DELTA DOWNS (VINTON, LA): 41*F, Partly Cloudy
CHARLES TOWN (CHARLES TOWN, WV): 32*F, Clear

SPOTLIGHT RACES OF THE DAY:

AQUEDUCT RACE 3: BAY RIDGE STAKES
POST TIME: 1:20 PM EST

After a string of cancellations, Aqueduct is finally able to run the Bay Ridge Stakes, for NY-bred fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. A field of five has been drawn to this race, and the inside three horses figure to get the most wagering action. The 2, Frost Wise, recently won a n/w1x NY-bred allowance race by sixteen lengths. The 3, Frostie Anne, has won three out of four races, all of them against NY-bred claimers. The 4, Riot Worthy, seeks to rebound off a disappointing effort against stakes company last out. The field is rounded out by the 1, Might Be, who was soundly beaten by Frost Wise last out, and the 5, Frosty Margarita, who ships in from Laurel Park and was second in a NY Stallion Stakes race two races ago.

GULFSTREAM PARK RACE 4: ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
POST TIME: 2:05 PM EST

This allowance race only has six horses, but features two nationally interesting horses. The 1, Malagacy, started off his career last year with three straight victories, including a score in the Rebel Stakes. After finishing fifth in the Arkansas Derby, he was sent to the sidelines, and makes his first start in nine months in this six-furlong allowance. The 3, Recruiting Ready, was entered in the Dave’s Friend Stakes at Laurel a few weeks ago, but was scratched in order to run here. He’ll make his first start since June for Sagamore Racing, when he was third in the Woody Stephens Stakes. Last year, he reeled off two stakes wins, in the Chick Lang Stakes and the Bachelor Stakes, and is stakes-placed four times. If anyone will knock off Malagacy, it will more than likely be him.

AQUEDUCT RACE 7: ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
POST TIME: 3:20 PM EST

There are two interesting New York-bred allowance races at Aqueduct on Thursday, with this one featuring three-year-olds. The most interesting ones in the race include the 8, Looking Ready, who was stakes-placed against open company on the turf as a two-year-old. He’ll make his first start since finishing third in the Awad Stakes back on October 28. The 1, Nine Route, comes into the race off an impressive maiden score on December 8, when he defeated a NY-bred maiden field by more the six lengths. The 7, Spectacular Kid, was a surprising third in the NY Stallion Stakes on December 17 at 57/1, and returns for the first time since then.

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