Delta Prince looms large in Artie Schiller

The Artie Schiller Stakes, a $150,000 event for open-company turfers, highlights the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The one-mile heat drew a field of 11 plus one MTO. Post time for the Artie Schiller, the eighth of nine scheduled races, is 3:47 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, feel free to try out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!

#9 DELTA PRINCE (5-2, morning-line favorite) is a lightly-raced but fast four-year-old looking for his first stakes score. He was a flashy allowance winner at Saratoga two-back before checking in third over a yielding course in the Grade II Bernard Baruch at the same venue. He should receive his preferred firm footing in the Artie Schiller and is drilling sensationally for Jimmy Jerkens. Jose Ortiz takes over for John Velazquez, who interestingly lands elsewhere.

#5 BLACKTYPE (3-1) has won his last two, including the Grade II Knickerbocker at Belmont, since reuniting with Joel Rosario. He’s been more aggressive than usual in those two starts, stalking the pace rather than closing from far behind. BLACKTYPE likes this course (3-1-1-1) and is proficient at the distance (8-2-2-2), so he’s hard to dismiss. The Christophe Clement trainee also fired a bullet in preparation for this.

#2 FIRE AWAY (8-1) is winless in seven starts this year but appears to be sitting on a big effort. He was a fast-closing second in a salty one-mile allowance at Belmont last month, which gave him his fourth ITM finish of 2017. FIRE AWAY is 2-for-2 at Aqueduct (albeit over courses listed less than firm each time) and lures John Velazquez, so he has some longshot appeal.

#1 NIGHT PROWLER (5-1), like FIRE AWAY, is winless this year but has four ITM finishes in five tries. He was last seen running behind BLACKTYPE by just a length. Javier Castellano maintains the mount, one of two entered by Chad Brown (also trains #6 A LOT).

The play: $2 exacta 5,9/1,2,5,9, $2 exacta 9/5, $2 win 2 ($16)

DFJ analysis: Jose Ortiz rides a staggering five of the nine program favorites this Saturday at Aqueduct. He has a mount in all but one race and rides DELTA PRINCE in the featured Artie Schiller. He is an absolute ‘must-have.’

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