Matt Pappis handicapping

Dearly Precious picks – Feb. 8

Feb 7th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Saturday, Feb. 8 – Dearly Precious Stakes – post time: 1:52 p.m. EST

Skye Saratoga (2): Two solid fourth-place finishes in competitive stakes with excuses in both. There is a lot of speed in this race and I see this horse sitting off the rest of them with a good trip. Sometimes you have to handicap the race dynamics more than the horses and I think that could be key here. The morning…



Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct

Jan 31st, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Saturday, Feb.1 – Aqueduct  Racetrack – Grade 3 Withers – post time: 4:20 p.m. EST

Classic Giacnroll (4): Since breaking his maiden he has not run a bad race. His last was impressive in the Jerome where he was wide for most of the trip and still had something left at the top of the stretch. He should be able to get a good trip with a six-horse field and win this…



Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
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Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, Jan. 25 – Ladies Handicap – post time: 3:48 p.m. EST

Teen Pauline (1): Once was a very highly touted horse and now has found herself in with a non-graded stakes career. She has the dynamics in her favor here being the only speed. If she gets the lead, which I don’t see why she shouldn’t this field is not good enough to run her down.

Royal Lahaina (5):



Evening Attire Stakes

Jan 16th, 2014 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
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Saturday, Jan. 18 – Aqueduct Racetrack – Evening Attire Stakes – post Post time 3:48 p.m. EST

Long River (1): Since coming off the 8-month layoff this horse has shown the ability we were all waiting for. This will be his toughest test yet but he should get a nice pace to rally into. He won’t be sitting too far back. This race fits him well though it will be his toughest test…



Picks for Alex M. Robb

Dec 26th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
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Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, Dec. 28 – Alex M. Robb Stakes – post time: 3:43 p.m.

Comandante (6): Since joining the Pletcher barn, he has not finished out of the money and has found a style that suits him very well. If he continues to run like has with Todd it will make him very dangerous here as he might find himself alone on the lead. He will have to hold off…



Gravesend Stakes

Dec 21st, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
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Saturday, Dec. 21 – Aqueduct Racetrack – Race 8 – Gravesend Stakes – post time: 3:43 p.m. EST

Battier (1): His last race was against a little less than he was used to facing and he still only managed third, but I’m going to make him my pick here again. This race sets up well for him. I am looking at an early duel between Abra and Strapping Groom, which will be…



Queens County Stakes picks

Dec 13th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
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Aqueduct Racetrack – Saturday, Dec. 14 – Queens County Stakes – post time: 3:43 p.m. EST

Spa City Fever (4): His past two races have shown me that he has found his form again. I am looking for him to be sitting right off a decent pace and have enough saved to kick home. He has never won at this distance but I don’t think that will be an issue today. This…



Thanksgiving weekend at Aqueduct

Nov 27th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
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Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving

Fall Highweight Handicap – post time: 2:42 p.m. EST

Palace (5): This horse is interesting at a very nice value of 5-1. While he will face his most fierce competition to date since getting back on the dirt track at Aqueduct, he has been in very good form. This is the track where he fires his best races and this is his best distance. I think…



Predictions for Bowling Green

Sep 7th, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
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Saturday, Sept. 7 – Bowling Green Handicap – post time: 4:45 p.m. EDT

Hyper (4): This horse seems to be taking the proper steps forward since coming to America. He has never missed the board under the watch of Chad Brown. His John’s Call was very impressive and it was versus a much lesser field, but if he can continue to step forward he will be a handful in here. I wish…



Predictions for third week at Saratoga

Jul 31st, 2013 | By TrackSide View

Matt Pappis
Staff writer
Tracksideview.com

Thursday, Aug. 1

John Morrissey Stakes – post time: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Saginaw (3): This horse is one of the best New York breds around if not the best. Even though he’s getting a little older and slower we’re going to give him the top spot. The Jacobson barn has been on fire here. He’s won 20/39 races lifetime that’s not a mistake he knows how to find the winner’s circle.

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