Aqueduct Picks: Busanda S. on January 23
Aqueduct Picks - Sunday, January 23, 2022
Race 1: 3-5-1-2
Race 2: 4-1-5-3
Race 3: 4-2-6-5
Race 4: 6-3-1-2
Race 5: 2-4-3-6
Race 6: 4-6-5-2
Race 7: 3-6-2-8
Race 8: 3-2-6-1
Race 9: 8-2-9-3
**Most Likely Winner: Cadeau De Paix #4 (Race 3)**
**Best Value: Oxana #6 (Race 4)**
NYRA’s Aqueduct Racetrack is rolling along, and its Winter Meet, despite some tough weather conditions, has some excellent betting opportunities before it!
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 3: Cadeau de Paix #4, 2/1):
Trainer Patrick Reynolds has a strong ALLW Co. runner in his barn that is looking to win for the 1st time since last April. Since coming over to this barn, the mare by Majestic Warrior has had a number of solid performances, but she has not made it to the winner’s circle. Against a field like this one I think it should be possible, if Jose Ortiz can keep her close. Yesterday, the “Golden Rail” made a regular appearance. What we hope for is a “fair track” come Sunday … I digress.
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #4
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 4: Oxana #6, 5/1):
This filly by Uptowncharlybrown has not been seen since early December in an OC62.5k sprint in the mud. With Trevor McCarthy aboard, the team went all the way … winning on the engine. Now, the hot jockey gets the call again, and could rise to the occasion. I like this spot, and trainer Tim Hills has some nice wins during the Meet already. I would not underestimate this one … maybe the price will stay around 5/1. One can hope …
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #6 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 1/8th, Busanda S. $100k, 3F):
The “feature” on this Sunday is a “Non-G” race that brings together a good salty group of 6 runners that will be going 10 furlongs on the MT. Out of these 3-yr-old fillies, I am sure Rudy Rodriguez’s Magic Circle #1 will get some play since she was 3rd last time out in the Demoiselle (G2). She is obviously logical, what with Jose Ortiz in the saddle, but I am not sure she is a cinch to win. I actually am much more interested in considering Chad Brown’s entry that is drawn in right next door. Waters of Merom #2 switched from Brad Cox to Brown back in October after running on incredibly at Keeneland in an MC30k event. Brown took her, and entered her at Aqueduct in an OC50k event back on 6 January. The result was impressive, as this filly by Connect won nicely by 3+ lengths. If she can get this distance, with that early speed, it could be a weapon … that is if she can control the pace up front. I raise this point because to the outside, it looks as though Bill Mott’s Rosebug #6 is also fleet of foot. Manny Franco could choose to challenge Dylan Davis, who is piloting Brown’s charge, and that could open the door for a closer. That is why I am moved by the Reid Barn’s Morning Matcha #3. This presser could be hanging around, waiting on the cue to roll from the back of the pack. Kendrick Carmouche is a creative rider, and I like this one’s chances. The daughter of Central Banker has some class behind her (NY Stallion Series BT last time—2nd), so that could come in handy against this group. Here is how I would bet it …
Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 3 w 1/2/6 w 1/2/6 w 1/2/6
Enjoy some racing from the “Big A!” Best of luck on another run at Aqueduct!