Review of Fall Highweight Handicap, G III, at Aqueduct Racetrack, Thursday, November 22, 2018

Race 8.Fall Highweight Handicap , Grade III. For three-year-old and up at six furlong on dirt. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Command Post Irad Ortiz, Jr. Jason Servis 6/1
2 Lewisfield Jevian Toledo Jeff Runco 8/1
3 Mesotherm Alex Cintron Lacey Gaudet 8/1
4 Celtic Chaos Eric Cancel Brad Cox 9/2
5 Runaway Lute Javier Castellano Gary Contessa 7/2
6 Win With Pride Dylan Davis Chris Englehart 15/1
7 Always Sunshine Jose Ortiz Edward Allard 6/1
8 Life in Shambles Jose Lezcano Jason Servis 8/1
9 Heartwood Manuel Franco James Chapman 4/1

Runaway Lute enters the Fall Highweight following a victory in the Hudson Handicap on October 20 at Belmont Park. Set to make only his fourth start of the year due to a number of minor setbacks and first against open company since finishing sixth in the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga Race Course as a juvenile.

Command Post  debuted his 2018 season with a second-place finish, by a head, in an optional-claiming race last March at Gulfstream Park. He won at the same condition in April, he most recently ran third on September 11 at Parx Racing in an optional-claimer.

Life In Shambles has nine wins from 40 career starts. He finished fifth in an optional-claiming race on August 19 at Saratoga and followed that up with an Optional Claiming win on September 29 at Belmont.

Heartwood has two wins from eleven starts this year and an impressive four wins from 10 starts at the six-furlong distance. He finished fourth behind multiple graded stakes winners Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore and Limousine Liberal in the Grade II Phoenix on October 5 at Keeneland. He finished second place in his last  out over a sloppy track in the Bet on Sunshine November 1 at Churchill Downs.

Always Sunshine is looking to rebound off a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Runaway Lute
  • Command Post
  • Heartwood

 

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