The Garland of Roses Stakes for filly and mare sprinters is the Saturday feature at Aqueduct. A competitive field of seven will go six furlongs over the main course in pursuit of a $100,000 purse. Post time for the Garland of Roses, the eighth of nine races on the card, is 3:47 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#5 PICCO UNO (4-1) hasn’t raced since a disappointing effort in the Belmont’s Iroquois Stakes last October. Despite breaking from the rail, PICCO UNO raced in the four-path on the far turn just off a scorching pace that came apart late. PICCO UNO has few pace rivals in this field and returns to a course where she won her only start last year. A fifth win from seven starts in 2017 is very possible if she returns to form. Kendrick Carmouche picks up the mount from Irad Ortiz Jr, who is out of town at Gulfstream.
#4 MS LOCUST POINT (3-1) will probably assume early command in the Garland of Roses with PICCO UNO beside her. She was an impressive winner last month despite chasing a fast pace wide at Parx off a February layoff. MS LOCUST POINT has taken the lead in most of five career starts, which includes a powerful victory in a stakes at Laurel late last year. Jorge Vargas Jr, who has been aboard for all three of MS LOCUST POINT’s three career wins, maintains the assignment.
#3 ABSATOOTLY (5-1) took advantage of a perfect setup and ride by Joe Bravo to win the Iroquois Stakes when last seen. That win had an air of flukiness to it based on her most recent performances, but she’s never missed the trifecta in three starts at Aqueduct. Bravo remains in the irons.
#1 QUEZON (9-5, morning-line favorite) has shown an alarming unwillingness to win in six starts this year (6-0-3-2), so she’ll be slotted underneath. She was confidently handled but conquered by ABSATOOTLY in the Iroquois last time out. Joe Rocco Jr. has the call.
The play: $2 trifecta 4,5/4,5/1,3, $1 trifecta 5/4/1,3 ($10)
DFJ analysis: Kendrick Carmouche looks like a solid pickup this Saturday. He has a mount in all nine races on the program, including PICCO UNO in the Garland of Roses. Seven of those rides are single-digit odds on the morning-line, and one of those is favored.
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