Aqueduct Picks: Jerkens Pair in R8 on January 13

Nine races are on the card today at Aqueduct
Nine races are on the card today at Aqueduct

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Aqueduct Picks - Thursday, January 13, 2022

  • Race 1: 4-6-3-2
  • Race 2: 1-3-6-5
  • Race 3: 2A/2B-1/1A-6-3
  • Race 4: 5-2-8-4
  • Race 5: 1-7-3-6
  • Race 6: 2-6-7-1/1A
  • Race 7: 6-3-1/1A-7
  • Race 8: 5-1-2-4
  • Race 9: 6-10-3-5
  • **Most Likely Winner: Shalimar Gardens #1 (Race 2)**
  • **Best Value: High Tide #6 (Race 7)**

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 2: Shalimar Gardens #1, 1/5):

I realize that picking this filly by Uncle Mo might seem like specious reasoning, but here is the hope … I will wager some influential ‘cappers will steer clear of this one, and she might float up towards a more “bet-able” number on the tote … like 2/1? We shall see … There is no question that this Horacio DePaz trainee looks the classiest, even though she did not hit-the-board in her last race at Aqueduct. That was the Grade 3 Comely after all, and let’s face it, she did not have the best of starts. Manny Franco gets the call this time around, and I am sure he can get this one home. Tote watch time … anything above 4/5 is an overlay. My opinion …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #1

 

Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 7: High Tide #6, 6/1):

Much to like here with Dylan Davis’ mount for trainer Carlos Martin … This gelding by Malibu Moon used to be a Mike Maker runner before coming over to his new barn back in September. I realize he has mostly turf experience, but lest we forget, “Moons” can also run effectively on dirt. The best part is that class-wise the 5-yr-old should be able to hang with this crowd. Though he did not care for the off-track day back at “Big Sandy,” maybe the “Big A” will suit him … Looks like a score to me, even if Martin’s “Turf to Dirt” numbers are not the greatest. Exceptions can be made when the price is right …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #6 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

 

Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Dirt, OC80kn3x, 4+):

The Thursday “feature” on this wind-swept day is this race … an OC80k event for non-winners of 2 going a 1-turn mile @AQU! A glance through the form will quickly tell you that the Jerkens Barn has an uncoupled entry that appears ready to race. You might remember The Sound #1, a former Brad Cox barn-member, that was shifted by Shortleaf Stables back in April. He looks to be training well over at Belmont since November, and I am excited to see him back at it. When he was with Cox, this son of Hard Spun ran against some formidable opponents, with varied success. How about Idol, Warrior’s Map, Hollis, Strike Power, By My Standards, Rushie, and Wells Bayou? Some classy runners … Since we have not seen him since April, he could need a race, and that means that bettors might prefer the look of Jerkens’ other entry, Green Light Go #2. This one is also by Hard Spun, and returned to this conditioner after stints with Hollendorfer and Doyle. Back in 2019 and ’20, he ran on nicely for Jerkens, so it must be interesting for him to have this one back. His 1st race back in November saw him finish 2nd in a Grade 3 at Aqueduct, which was respectable because he had to come from well off-the-pace. I do not necessarily care for either of these entries on top because they are going to get over bet. Instead, let’s look more closely at George Weaver’s Majestic Dunhill #5. Drawn outside, this gelding by Majesticperfection is going to be a great price at odds over 5/1 by post time, and gets the services of Manny Franco. Last out in a “Non-G” on 19 Dec. he was having a time of it in the gate. Franco had to do all he could, but clearly his mount was not pleased to be there. With the class drop, Weaver’s skills, and the hope of a clean break, I like the wagering opportunity before us! Here is the ticket …

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Wheel, 5 w 1/2

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