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Battle Between Crystal Cliffs And Capital Structure Dependent On Weather
Author: Ryan Knuppel
Published: Wednesday April 14, 2021
Everything looks set for an enthralling battle at Aqueduct on Thursday afternoon, but one factor could yet play a pivotal part - the weather. The race is set to take place on the turf surface at the American track, which means that the expected rain that is forecasted could scupper plans.
Racing fans will be hoping that the weather can hold off, as there could be a battle between two grade-caliber horses on Thursday afternoon, as both Crystal Cliffs and Capital Structure have been entered into the race at Aqueduct. The race will be the seventh of an eight-race card at Aqueduct on Thursday afternoon.
Crystal Cliffs Leads The Betting
The favorite for the race at present is four-year-old Crystal Cliffs, who is trained by H Graham Motion and is owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Wonder Stables. She has been in steady form throughout her career but has shown glimpses of excellence. Many believed that she was very unlucky last time out at Churchill Downs, as he lost by a head in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes.
Lil Goil hung on to get the win on that occasion, and more will be expected when she returns to the track for the first time since June later this week. Her only other won came with trainer Didier Guillemin. On her first start, she finished back in third in the Prix de Pomerol in Pau, France.
She is joined at the top of the betting by Stand For The Flag, for trainer Rob Atras. The five-year-old joined the Atras yard back in December 2020 and has raced just once since. She finished a mighty 13 lengths behind Sharp Starr in the Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap, but there is a strong chance that she will improve this time out.
Fascinating Battle With Capital Structure
Capital Structure will be one of the most interesting horses lining up for the race this week, as she won two from four last season. Both victories that she recorded came over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. The Chad Brown-trained horse has form at Grade 1, as she performed well in the American Oaks at Santa Anita at the end of last year.
That form shows that she will be an excellent pick for this race, but she could only manage fifth in that race. Brown has claimed that she is a versatile horse, and that will suit coming into this race. However, he also admitted that he expects her to be more comfortable over a longer distance in the future.
Other Leading Contenders
There are a number of other leading contenders in the race this year. Among those is Kissing Frogs, who has won twice over the 1 1/16 miles distance. However, she will be looking to bounce back to winning form, as she was beaten by three lengths last time out by Toffen at Gulfstream Park in early March.
Maiden Beauty’s chances of success could be helped if the race is moved to the main track at Aqueduct. The Tony Dutrow-trained horse is looking for a third straight win and a second in this disciple. Mia Bella Rossa could also be an interesting horse in the race. She is trained by Scott Lake and will be looking for a fifth straight victory. She was victorious by two and a quarter lengths last time out at Aqueduct, but she will be coming up against some quality fillies in this race. However, it could be a good test that brings the best out of her.