Friday, April 6, 2007

Paulie's Picks, Aqueduct, 4/7/07

There are three big races tomorrow which will be the final preps for many of the Derby hopefuls: The Santa Anita Derby, the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne, and Aqueduct's biggest race of the year, The Wood Memorial. Guess which one I'm going to.

Nobiz Like Shobiz and Any Given Saturday look like the two big boys in the Wood. I'm giving the edge to Any Given Saturday; his speed figures have been improving, while Nobiz Like Shobiz seems to have plateaued. Not a bad plateau, mind you, but he's going to have to move forward to take the Derby (or the Wood, for that matter).

Anyway, here are my picks for the whole card, which I publish reluctantly given my previous performance at the Big A. As always, I take no responsibility for money squandered based on these choices. Tune in tomorrow night for results.

1st race:
3 - Quahada
10 - Lieutenant Danz
4 - River Mountain Rd

*2nd race:
5 - Hangingbyathread
4 - Vim N Vigor
8 - Vision of Sunrise

*The 2nd race is slated to go off on the turf track, but might be moved to the dirt track if the weather is bad. If it gets moved to the main (dirt) track, these are my choices:
2 - Red Giant
8 - Vision of Sunrise
3 - Charlie Caliente

3rd race:
4 - Hedge Fund
6 - Truman's Gold
1 - Jamacian Kev

4th Race:
8 - Sly Diamond Jim
7 - Love Abroad
10 - Market Psychology

5th race:
10 - Love Cove
6 - Court Spark
7 - Talking Treasure

6th race:
4 - Blue Mon
1 - Malibu Moonshine
1a - Successful Affair
5 - Northern Storm

7th race, The Bay Shore (G3):
1 - Les Grand Trois
5 - Bill Place
4 - Hobbitontherocks

8th race, The Wood Memorial (G1):
1a - Any Given Saturday
2 - Nobiz Like Shobiz
5 - Summer Doldrums

9th race, The Carter Handicap (G1):
7 - Keyed Entry
4 - Silver Wagon
3 - Ah Day

10th race, The Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3):
6 - Evening Attire
1 - Corinthian
4 - Magna Graduate

11th race:
8 - Automatic Appeal
2 - Golden Manna
1 - Timerene