Aqueduct Picks: Courvoisier Distilled Down as Winner in the Jerome S.

Jockey Jose Ortiz has a mount that J.N. Campbell wants to key. Find out who it is below ... Picks aplenty on what is Jerome S. Day!
Jockey Jose Ortiz has a mount that J.N. Campbell wants to key. Find out who it is below ... Picks aplenty on what is Jerome S. Day!

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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.

The "feature" is a KYD148 Points race ... the $150k Jerome S. A test for newly-minted 3-yr-old colts is on tap! You will not want to miss it!

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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Aqueduct Picks - Saturday, January 1, 2022

  • Race 1: 6-4-5-2
  • Race 2: 3-6-7-1
  • Race 3: 4-5-8-1
  • Race 4: 3-1-5-6
  • Race 5: 1-7-3-5
  • Race 6: 7-3-4-2
  • Race 7: 2-9-7-3
  • Race 8: 6-1-3-8
  • Race 9: 2-4-8-5
  • **Most Likely Winner: Doc Doc Rock #3 (Race 2)**
  • **Best Value: Snicket #2 (Race 9)**
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 2: Doc Doc Rock #3, 2/1):

The work of Bruce Levine is steady up at NYRA, and even though he may not have an expansive stable, it is still a good one with quality afoot. This filly by super sire Into Mischief is still looking to break her maiden after 4 tries—over all 3 NYRA courses. The drop from MSW Co. into this MC spot should be appreciated, and I would expect that she can win with Jose Ortiz piloting. Levine is ready … Ortiz is ready … let’s hope “Doc” is poised to visit the “Big A” Winner’s Circle!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #3


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 9: Snicket #2, 5/1):

The last time David Duggan’s filly by Lemon Drop Kid won, it was over a year ago on this very track—Aqueduct. Since then, she has tried hard, and even graduated to ALLW Co. I think she is long overdue for a score, and with any luck, Dylan Davis can get her a much-needed win. She has the breeding, and confidence to get home, it is just going to take a clean trip to make it happen. Her past competing against MSW Co. speaks to her ability. I think her price will float above 5/1, and that makes her an overlay in my book. With speed figs increasing over her last 3 efforts, that sounds good to me.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #2 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 Mile, Jerome S. $150k, 3):

The new year 2022 is starting off with a bang with this KYD148 Points race. A good group of 8 newly-turned 3-yr-olds are heading to the post, and it looks like Jeremiah O’Dwyer’s entry, Cooke Creek #1, could be the tepid M/L favorite. That is based on the point that this son of Uncle Mo finished 2nd last time out in the Nashua (G3) at Belmont in early November. That was not a poor showing, especially considering that he was being shipped in from Delaware Park, a track that does not have NYRA-type class. Making the leap from a 50k “Non-G” into a Grade 3 is no small task. Don’t get me wrong, I like this runner quite a bit, and I am sure he is well-bred to handle this kind of competition. I would just rather back Kelly Breen’s Courvoisier #6. By Tapit, an even more famous sire than Uncle Mo, here is a runner who also travelled through Delaware enroute to a win in a MSW80k race last out at Aqueduct. That effort was excellent against a solid bunch. He exhibited some nice tracking ability, especially being forced to grapple going 3-4 deep around 2-turns. I think he should benefit from the cutback in distance, since he was running at 1 1/8th. The excellent Jose Ortiz gets the call this time, instead of Dylan Davis, and we should consider that a rider upgrade. There are some other fine horses drawn in, but I think I have hit upon an ice-cold Exacta. Let’s take Breen’s play over O’Dwyer’s colt. That should do the trick, and it might not end up being a bad payout in the end.

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 6 w 1


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

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