Aqueduct Picks & Betting Analysis for December 16

Aqueduct Racetrack begins another 4-day week of racing ... Check out these selections below!
Aqueduct Racetrack begins another 4-day week of racing ... Check out these selections below!

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NYRA's Aqueduct Racetrack heads into their Winter Meet, and even though the weather will be a challenge, that does not mean the racing will be less so!

At we have you covered, including all of the action! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! 

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Most Likely Winner: (Race 4: Therisastormbrewin #4, 2/1):

Here is a gelding by Broken Vow that was claimed many a time in 2021. Linda Rice to Michelle Nevin, and those in-between ... all tried to get this one to the winner’s circle … to no avail. Now, Rob Atras will attempt the feat, and I think he has a good chance. This is an accomplished conditioner, and his numbers speak to it. With Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle, what must happen is this 5-yr-old has to break well, get loose on the lead, and perhaps he can control the fractions enough to get home in the end. Ever since his last win (AQU-26 Mar), he has been up against it. Maybe this time, at odds of 2/1 or higher, he can win the day for Atras …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #4


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: Opt #5, 10/1):

This 5-yr-old gelding by Will Take Charge has extensive experience against OC45k state bred company on the NYRA grass courses. But this time of year, the Ribaudo Barn likes to make the switch to the MT @AQU. Last year at this time, the runner went turf to dirt, and finished 2nd in a couple of MT route races. Coming into this level makes a ton of sense, and Trevor McCarthy gets the opportunity to ride. His numbers during the Meet are not stellar, but he can notch a win aboard this one. My sense is that the gelding is fit enough. My question is … will his odds remain around 10/1. I am not so sure … best to tote watch, and make an appraisal then. Let’s say this, if he is above 5/1 by post time—that’s a bet.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #5 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 7F, AOC80k, 2):

The focal point on this Thursday card is a tough AOC match—6 will go. All of these runners entered here have experience, and there is not one that has the look of a 1st time starter. The central query is can anyone beat the couple entry … Life Is Great #1 and Hagler #1A? Based on their form, even if one scratches, they look formidable. Both are coming off wins at the MSW80k/90k level. The Klesaris and Rudy Rod. Barns will look to be dueling for the lead at the break. Of course, I want to try and beat both of them with an ice-cold Exacta … taking advantage of those bettors that want to capitalize on the 2 for 1 special. For my money, I am particularly interested in Bill Morey’s Florida Gator #4. This gelding is going to be a square price, around 8/1, gets the services of Carmouche, and has a great leg kick. By Lea, and thus First Samurai, I am hoping that Morey has him ready to fire after that last race at Churchill Downs. Welcome back to NYRA … go get ‘em Gator! Let’s play this runner over the coupled entry … that could turn into an Exacta to load up on!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 4 w 1/1A


Enjoy some racing from the “Big A!” Best of luck on another run at Aqueduct!

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