Aqueduct Picks: Bay Ridge S. Feature December 30

Aqueduct returns from the Christmas Break and is ready for action! Check out these selections below!
Aqueduct returns from the Christmas Break and is ready for action! Check out these selections below!

Aqueduct Racetrack, owned by NYRA, is now full swing with its 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.

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 2: Rosebug #2, 5/2):

The Bill Mott trainee is a homebred that is by American Pharoah. Mike Rutherford is hoping his filly has what it takes to take the Trail all the way to the Oaks … or somewhere in “G” territory. The last time this one went to the post at Aqueduct, she was 2/1, finishing 6th against MSW Co. That was a complete failure considering her talent, but I think she can get back on track this time. With Jose Ortiz now back @NYRA’s course just adjacent to JFK Airport, the team should be able to make it to the winner’s circle. That would mean that she just broke her maiden … the time is coming.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #2


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 5: Kobe’s Legacy #1, 8/1):

Wachtel Stable has a strong sense of what they are about, and this colt by Tourist is looking to make the switch from the turf to the dirt. Chris Englehart can put together some wins at the AQ Meet, and I like the price on this one. In a pair of attempts over the course of November and December, he got his debut out of the way, and then ran against a field of 9. Maybe the turf was just not his bag … the dirt could suit perfectly, and here is the chance to get this one at a great price—8/1. Eric Cancel can toss a win, now and then, so let’s see if he can get this one home!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #1 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Dirt, 1 1/8th, Bay Ridge S., $100k, F&M 3+):

The “Thursday” feature is this race … a nice little “Non-G” for our enjoyment. We have 5 NY Breds that are ready for action! This will be a distance test for sure. The favorite might end up being Danny Gargan’s Ice Princess #5. With 15 starts to her credit, this daughter of Palace Malice was pretty solid in back-to-back “Non-G” contests at Belmont in October. With a solid work tab under her, it is hard to imagine that she will not be competitive once again as Jose Lezcano rides. Opposing this one is an uncoupled entry from Horacio DePaz’s midst. Both Sharp Star #3 (9/5) and Amity Island #4 (15/1) appear to be 2 very different horses. The former looks strong after a 4th place finish last time in the Go for Wand S. (G3). She could not compete with Brad Cox’s Lady Rocket, but the drop down here makes a ton of sense. I think this will be an interesting duel, if this daughter of Munnings gets locked up with Englehart’s entry. As for DePaz’s other half, this filly by Brody’s Cause won the last time she was at Aqueduct back on 10 Dec. She does not have near the class that her barnmate does, but Manny Franco is going to try and scoop this one out from under the favorites. That also includes Robert Falcone’s Maiden Beauty #2 that is not without some class lines. Kendrick Carmouche has this mount, and I think if this one drifts anywhere toward 7/2 or higher, she could be the bet. Let’s structure a ticket that gives us the best chance to win … see below!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Wheel, 2 w 3/4/5 w 3/4/5


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

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