Aqueduct Picks: Courageous Girl Wins on Sunday January 2

An Aqueduct Sunday is upon us … Check out these selections below!
An Aqueduct Sunday is upon us … Check out these selections below!

NYRA’s Aqueduct Racetrack is now full swing, and its Winter Meet is rolling. 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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Aqueduct Picks - Saturday, January 2, 2022

  • Race 1: 3-4-2-5
  • Race 2: 2-7-3-5
  • Race 3: 6-2-5-1A
  • Race 4: 5-2-7-3
  • Race 5: 4-1-3-8
  • Race 6: 5-3-1-6
  • Race 7: 6-4-1-7
  • Race 8: 3-4-1-5
  • Race 9: 3-1A-4-8
  • **Most Likely Winner: Long Term #4 (Race 5)**
  • **Best Value: Violent Point #5 (Race 6)**
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 5: Long Term #4, 5/2):

By Curlin, this 3-yr-old colt for Todd Pletcher is getting Lasix for the 1st time, and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz. A Repole Stable homebred, he already got his debut out of the way back in early December. That was a place effort against MSW Co., so it stands to reason that coming back to the "Big A," that he is poised to break his maiden. With a solid work tab to his credit, plus Ortiz aboard, I would not be surprised if this one brings it home for Pletcher.

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #4


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

Right now, I think one of the more versatile sprint sires is Violence. When I see his offspring on cards across North America, I want to back them. Linda Rice has had a tough time at Aqueduct, but she is starting to show some life. Last year at this time, the filly won a couple in-a-row. She is now a mare, and with her experience, plus Kendrick Carmouche, she could be a solid price at 5/1. If she floats upward, then it could be even better for us. Looks like a bet to me!

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


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, 7F, La Verdad S., $100k, F&M 4+ NY Breds):

The "Non-G" feature on this Aqueduct Sunday is the $100k La Verdad Stakes. The class of this field is clearly John Terranova's Bank Sting #4 . Last out, this mare by Central Banker was strong in the NY Stallion Series  Stakes at Aqueduct. Dylan Davis aboard, and it looks like this one will be well-bet. I want to exploit the betting public, and take a chance on a much longer price. I am intrigued by Horacio DePaz's Courageous Girl #3 because she has some inviting career stats to her credit. With 22 starts under her saddle, she has $254k+ to her credit. I see her as one of those up-and-coming types who is on the "make." Last out, she was in an ALLW Co. contest where she was 2nd. This daughter of Bourbon Courage could be sitting on a big race with Manny Franco in the irons, and her price ... well ... it is going to be pushing double-digits. That sounds pretty inviting to me!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 3 w 4


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

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