The Breeders’ Cup is in the books, but racing goes on at Aqueduct including a pair of Chad Brown trainees going in the $200,000 Nashua (G3).
There is a $35,265 carryover in the Pick 6.
Brown sends out U S Navy Cross and Network Effect in the one-mile test on the main track for two-year-olds which drew a field of six.
U S Navy Cross is coming off maiden win at seven furlongs in his debut and is the co-second choice on the morning line at 5-2. The son of Curlin breaks from the rail with Jose Ortiz in the irons.
“He’s doing well,” said Brown. “We’re looking to get him more out in distance. A mile here and even further beyond after that. He’s bred for it and has been training really well for this race.”
Network Effect broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga over a wet track on Aug. 11 returning his backers $19.20 He will break from the four post with Javier Castellano.
The George Weaver trained Vekoma is the 2-1 morning line favorite off a smart looking maiden win in his debut at Belmont Park going six panels. Manny Franco has the call and will break from post five.
Completing the field are factor It In (6-1) Puttheglassdown (15-1) and Call Paul (5-2).
The co-feature on Sunday is the $100,000 Awad for juveniles going a mile on the turf which was yielding yesterday. Eight were entered but three are main track only entrants.
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Let’s head out to Aqueduct for Sunday’s featured race of the day:
Aqueduct Race 8 The Nashua G3 (Post time 3:47 ET)
#1 U S Navy Cross 5-2
#5 Vekoma 2-1
#6 Call Paul 5-2
#4 Network Effect 9-2
U S Navy Cross
Was an impressive maiden winner in his debut for the Chad Brown barn. The colt was sent off at 6-5 in a field of seven at seven furlongs, raced near the back of the pack and came with a good late rally to get the job done. The colt has come back with sharp works his debut and should only get better with more ground. He was a $550,000 Keeneland purchase, by Curlin out of an Honor Grades mare that has dropped some nice runners including Recepta ($696,700) and Taqarub ($256,962). The barn is 29% winners moving runners from sprint to route and I am hoping this guy goes off as the third choice in this six-horse field.
The colt tracked the early pace, took command heading for home e and held on to break his maiden in his debut and earned the top last out speed fig in the effort. The runner up Epic Dreamer came out of the race to graduate in his next outing on Oct. 26 at Belmont Park. This is another colt that should get better with distance, by Candy Ride out of the Speightstown mare Mona de Momma ($384,399) a multiple graded stakes winner.
The Jason Servis trainee tracked the early pace and finished evenly in a third-place finish in the Champagne (G1) last out. The winner Complexity tossed in a dud on Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) while runner up Code of Honor was a buzz horse for the race but had to scratch after spiking a fever. The Servis trainee took the field gate tow ire to win the Saratoga Special (G2) two back in his first start against winners. He fits but I am guessing he may end up a shorter price.
WIN: #1 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 1,5 / 1,4,5,6
TRI: 1,5 / 1,4,5,6 / 1,2,4,5,6