Race 1: First 2yo race of 2014 in NY contains 4 fillies and 3 colts. #2 Daredevil is a half to G1-winning millionaire Albertus Maximus and sports a solid work tab for Pletcher, who wins plenty of these races. #4 Richie's Trix is one of the fillies for 2yo ace Wesley Ward, though his numbers debuting in NY aren't nearly as strong as they are elsewhere. #6 Big Trouble brought a big ticket for a yearling by Tiz Wonderful and ships in from Fair Hill for a top trainer.
Race 2: Potential seems to be there for a solid pace to develop, which would be to the advantage of returnee #3 Loveisheartandsoul, who parlayed a perfect trip into a convincing score at Aqueduct last November, then improved upon that effort despite trouble at the break in his next start. We prefer him to Linda Rice's other horse, #10 Madam I'm Adam, who will be a shorter price. Well-connected shipper #5 Hot Sand and #6 Smokey Brown, exiting a wide trip in first start off the layoff, are our backups.
Race 3: #2 Thirteen Arrows made a promising debut at Gulfstream, and deserves a chance to rebound after getting hooked into a fast duel and tiring in start number 2.
Wild cards are #10 Hijaab, a first-time starter for Shadwell/McLaughlin, who is from a family full of graded stakes winners, and #1 Silver Union, who moves off synthetic and into the barn of George Weaver, who excels with runners racing out of his barn for the first time (100 rating).
Race 4: #10 Aesthetique tries again after having her first couple of turf races rained off this year; flashed plenty of potential as a 2yo, and impressed when burying maidens in her final start last year. #2 Old Harbor is an interesting price to include as she cuts back to a sprint after getting rank and headstrong going longer last time. Interested to see what we get from #6 Fancy Boss, who was a suspicious drop off the layoff after impressing greatly as a 2yo, but ran away from that field as though none the worse for wear; claimed by very sharp trainer.
Race 5: #5 Thomas Hill landed in tough spot when returned from Florida, and came through with his typical strong effort; this is easier, and this is his game. #9 Which Market is an interesting player first off the claim for Hushion; reliant on pace to set up his run, so we'll see if he gets enough.
Race 6: Interesting race on paper will likely be changed greatly by scratches, with four of the ten cross-entered into races on Saturday's card, including both halves of the entry. We'll see what the field looks like come post time, but we are interested in #9 Alternative Meds, who returns from the layoff after making great strides once switched over to grass last year. #7 Strike Accord was unlucky last time, being moved right into traffic coming to the stretch and almost going down after clipping heels; she may be the horse to beat, but she's one we don't like to take short prices on, for obvious reasons.
Race 7: #9 Springcourt couldn't get to front-running #1 Seeker last time, but figures to have a better set up this time (cue Pace Projector). He's a short price though, and the expected fast pace should benefit #6 Mr. Espresso, as well, and he is capable of taking advantage at a better price.
Race 8: #6 Stableford was a progressive three-year-old in Europe last season, and made a promising run in his stateside debut off the layoff; won't need to move forward much from there.
#3 Play It Loud has been an in-and-outer to this point, but his good ones are quite good, and perhaps Motion can keep him heading the right way.
Race 9: #8 Channel Boy is switching to turf off the claim by Linda Rice, a move that may suit considering that he is a half to the multiple Grade 3 turfer Channel Lady, who has made over $344k on that surface; won't need to be that good vs. this crew. #12 The Mooche could prove dangerous with the class relief if in off the AE list.