The Aqueduct spring meeting comes to a close on Sunday with a field of seven lining up in the final stake of the meet, the $100,000 Memories of Silver.
Trainer Chad Brown sends out a potent pair of runners in Chelsey Flower winner Ingrassia (2-1) and Fluffy Socks (5-2), who makes her first start since winning the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar last November.
Brown has saddled the winner of this race twice, with Consumer Credit in 2015 and Significant Form in 2018.
Bubbles On Ice (4-1) makes her U.S. debut after landing in the Christophe Clement barn. The filly was fourth in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) at the Curragh last September in her last start. Javier Castellano will ride the filly.
“It took her a while to get Americanized, but she’s settled in well,” said Clement, who won the 2019 Memories of Silver with Feel Glorious. “She’s been training well, and you never know for sure how they handle the ground in the U.S., but we’ll find out Sunday.”
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Trainer Graham Motion sends out Oyster Box (3-1) who was third in the Florida Oaks (G3) in her last outing on March 6 at Tampa Bay Downs.
“She ran well in the stakes race given that she didn’t get the most perfect trip,” Motion said. “She was shuffled back a bit further than we had preferred, but it still worked out and she was able to give a good result. She’s pretty adaptable to be honest. Any sort of added distance won’t hurt her, and she should handle it.”
My Best Plays Report for Sunday includes my eight strongest plays from Keeneland and Aqueduct. My Aqueduct Report on Saturday included my top pick hitting the first six races on the card. The $1 early Pick 4 paid $468.50 and the $1 Pick 5 paid $786.50.
Let’s head out to Aqueduct for Sunday’s featured race of the day:
Aqueduct Race 8 The Memories of Silver (5:07 ET)
#8 Bubbles On Ice 4-1
#5 Oyster Box 3-1
#2 Ingrassia 2-1
#1 Fluffy Socks 5-2
Bubbles On Ice
This filly makes her U.S. debut for the Clement barn and makes her first start since last September at the Curragh in Ireland. In that outing she was off poorly and finished evenly in a fourth-place finish in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1). The runner up in that race as Pretty Gorgeous who came back to win the Bet365 Fillies Mile (G1) in her next outing at Newmarket. She was working steadily at Payson for Clement who is 18% winners (with a +ROI) with runners coming back off a +180-day layoff. She gets some class relief and just hos to beat not one but two Chad Brown trainees here.
The daughter of Tapit put in a solid effort in the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs in her stakes debut. She had a tough post, was away near the back of the pack and made a mild late run to finish third. The runner up Jouster returned to win the Appalachian (G2) at Keeneland on April 3. The Motion trainee won her first two career starts, and it looks as if she is going to get some pace to run at here. She is out of the multiple turf graded stakes winner Starformer ($543,126) who has dropped two other foals to race, both turf winners including stakes winner Flavius ($605,151).
The Brown trainee makes her first start since edging her stablemate Fluffy Socks by a nose to win the Chelsey Flower over soft ground at Belmont Park. Fluffy Socks came back to win the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del mar in her next start on Nov. 28. Brown has won this race twice and sends out a strong pair but they both figure to get a bit too much attention in the betting. The barn is 27% winners (with a +ROI) with runners coming back off a 61–180-day layoff.
WIN: Bubbles On Ice to win at 7-2 or better.
EXACTA: 8 / 1,2,5 and 5,8 / 2,5,8