A field of nine led by the Todd Pletcher trained Audible will head to the gate in the feature on Saturday at Aqueduct, the $100,000 Damon Runyon at a mile for New York bred juveniles.
The $500,000 son of Into Mischief broke his maiden at the Big A in his second career start and then stepped out of the state bred ranks and rolled over first level $80,000 optional claimers by 9 ¾ lengths in his most recent outing.
Chris DeCarlo has the call for Pletcher breaking form the eight post as the 7-2 second choice on the morning line.
The morning line favorite is Empire Line at 3-1 for the George Weaver barn. The colt broke his maiden in his debut going six furlongs over the Big A main track.
The Christophe Clement trained Sea Foam is the third choice on the morning line at 4-1. The colt broke his maiden in his fourth attempt and then turned right around and won the state bred Notebook in his first go against winners.
The forecast calls for snow showers, but the temperature will rise slightly up to 26 degrees before dropping again, putting both the Sunday and Monday cards in danger.
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Let’s head out to Aqueduct for Saturday’s featured race of the day:
Aqueduct Race 8 The Damon Runyon (3:50 ET)
#8 Audible 7-2
#6 Empire Line 3-1
#1 Sea Foam 4-1
#3 Honor Up 12-1
Analysis: Audible was a good looking maiden winner two back in his second career start and was flattered when both the runner up and third place finisher came back to graduate next out. Last out he was entered as a MTO and got his wish, trouncing three foes to beat open Alw-1 optional claimers. The $500,000 purchase is back in with state breds here for his stakes debut. He has already won twice at a one turn mile and looks as if he still has plenty of upside.
Empire Line prompted the early pace and drew clear in the stretch to break his maiden in his debut going six furlongs on the main track here, sent off at 5-2 in a field of nine. The runner up and fourth place finisher both came back to graduate next out. The Weaver trainee owns the top last out speed fig and has enough pedigree to handle the extra ground, by Morning Line out of a Vindication mare that has dropped one other winner. The barn is 16% winners (with a +ROI) moving runners from sprint to route.
Sea Foam broke his maiden in his fourth career start going 6 1/2 furlongs and came back to win the state bred Notebook last out in his stakes debut. The Clement trainee should be able to handle the extra ground. He is by Medaglia d’Oro out of the stakes winner Strike It Rich ($193,966).
WIN: #8 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 6,8 / 1,3,6,8
TRI: 6,8 / 1,3,6,8 / 1,3,6,8,9
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