NYRA's Aqueduct Racetrack is now full swing into the Winter Meet. Though the turf is covered until April, dirt racing is 100% available ... so, this is still one of the tracks that garners mass attention. Today, we have a couple of NY Stallion Series races on the docket ... let's go!
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 1: Early Voting #7, 5/2):
I do not normally back 1st time starters because you just never know if they really understand that a race is going on … But sometimes you come across a field that you know is going to have a hard time against them. This is one of those few moments … Chad Brown has some strong numbers when it comes to runners like these, and his colt by Gun Runner looks poised to break his maiden the 1st time out. When this conditioner gets together with Jose Ortiz, they can be downright unstoppable. Bet this one to “win” …
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #7
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: Bustin Pietre #2, 8/1):
Here is a nice value play for your Saturday that is trainer by Bruce Levine and ridden by Kendrick Carmouche. I like to see these 2 get together because they work in concert quite well. This gelding by Bustin Stones stepped up from an MC50k into a BT 100k last time, and did not disappoint. He went on nicely, and even though he was 8 lengths back in the end, it was still a game effort for 2nd. Stretching out a bit from 6F to 7F should not be an issue, and Carmouche is up for a 3rd time. This 2-yr-old has some major upside, and I think bettors will overlook his fitness level.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 7F, NY Stallion Series S., $500k, 2F):
The “other” NY Stallion Series race on the docket is probably the tougher of the 2 … depending on how you look at it. Morning Matcha #6 will probably get the nod as the race time favorite, especially since she comes in with a pair of nice wins under her saddle. Those contests were a MSW80k and OC40k at Parx, but make no mistake, the Reid Barn has come to play. Kendrick Carmouche was on board for those scores, so the connections were probably thinking that this race was next. I want to use this runner in my wagering, but frankly, I think this daughter of Central Banker is going to get over bet. Instead, I am much more interested in a better priced filly like Christophe Clement’s Shigeko #11. This one by Japan is moving up in class from running in MSW75k Co., and she took on the slop back at Belmont in fine style. Winning by 6+ lengths, she drew off in a big way. Now, with Dylan Davis up, she could be a great double-digit price when this one goes off from a barn that is superhot. Last but not least, I want to consider another entry from Central Banker’s line named Bank On Anna #9. Here is a filly who dueled down the lane at Aqueduct back in early November, finishing 2nd for Phil Serpe. That MSW70k contest was a tough one, as it saw 11 break from the gate. With Jose Lezcano on board, she has the chance to take a step forward even more in this spot. What a race this one is going to be! Let’s play …