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Sunny Ridge wins 2017 Stymie



Photo: Robert Mauhar

Betting on Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct comes down to one main question: Are you for or against Mendelssohn in the win spot as the speedster cuts back to one turn? Rather than side with the favorite, Horse Racing Nation’s Super Screener handicapping system will look for value in the form of two off-the-pace runners.

Authored by Mike Shutty, the Super Screener analyzes key races run each weekend throughout the year. What’s offered here is a small sample of the full product, which this week includes insights as well on the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Gulfstream Park’s featured Claiming Crown Jewel.

As for the Cigar Mile, Shutty lists two “A” horses for the win spot — meaning play them both in your horizontal wagers.

Sunny Ridge: “This 5-year-old gelding from the persistently hot Jason Servis barn was compromised by the slow pace in the Grade Kelso, and he could not out-sprint another of his rivals here, Patternrecognition, who enjoyed the perfect trip. There will be much more pace in this race, which will benefit Sunny Ridge’s balanced energy distribution profile.  Look for this one to be sitting three to four lengths off the pace pressure up front and then come on with a ton of energy down the stretch.”

Pat On the Back: “This New York-bred has been producing in restricted state-bred stakes races not having missed the Exacta in the past five starts. This will mark his second race off the layoff, and he usually pairs his prior race under these circumstances. His last race, a win in the Empire Classic Handicap, was quite robust, laying out 90-plus Brisnet Pace/Speed figures across all slots. Pat On the Back should sit about two lengths back off the pressured pace and, with the cutback in distance, maintain stamina in the latter stages of the race.”

Shutty’s full Super Screener analysis provides similar analysis for all runners in the field of eight, plus lays out the data-driven Super Screener criteria that establishes his selections. Of course, suggested wagers are included as well.

Just last week, Shutty tabbed Leofric as the mild upset winner of Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Clark Handicap. This time around, get the Super Screener advantage with your handicapping today.



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