By Emily Shields
While many are eagerly awaiting the Super Bowl on Sunday, racing action continues around the country live on TVG, topped by the $100,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct. The race is worth 10 points to the winner towards the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 1.
Water White has the rail in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race. The daughter of Conveyance is trained by Rudy Rodriguez, and broke her maiden here over a mile in November. She was fifth in the Demoiselle (G2) at 17-1 in her last try, and has been off since December 7.
She faces six rivals including Fiftyshays Ofgreen on the outside. The daughter of Bernardini broke her maiden last out in her fourth attempt, winning over one mile and seventy yards at Monmouth Park in October. She hasn’t run since and has only four recorded workouts since for trainer John Servis. Kendrick Carmouche will ride this filly, who defeated today’s rival Persisto in her maiden win.
Persisto is a daughter of Orb for Kelly Breen. Dylan Davis will ride, and was aboard when she broke her maiden here over a mile January 10. She has never been off the board here, and has never been worse than third in four lifetime starts.
Harvey’s Lil Goil is the 2-1 choice. She broke her maiden here impressively by six lengths for trainer Bill Mott, who took the daughter of American Pharoah out of a nice Tapit mare down to Florida with him where she worked a bullet on January 26. She returns to Aqueduct for this with Junior Alvarado back in the irons.
Truth Hurts is unbeaten in two starts for trainer Chad Summers. She is 8-1 morning line after winning here over a mile on January 5, and her sire Tonalist is having a strong weekend. She defeated today’s fellow rival Quality Heat in that last race. Ankle Monitor rounds out the field. Post time is 4:25pm Eastern; it is the seventh race of an eight-race program.
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