Aqueduct Racetrack Picks & All-Stakes Grand Slam Analysis for March 6

An All-Stakes Grand Slam ticket is the subject if our handicapping tour today... Aqueduct has a nice slate of races headed your way on what promises to be a great day of racing! Check it out...
An All-Stakes Grand Slam ticket is the subject if our handicapping tour today... Aqueduct has a nice slate of races headed your way on what promises to be a great day of racing! Check it out...

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Some clouds over the "Big A" is not going to dampen any spirits, as it is Gotham Day! Our turf-man has you covered with his selections from the entire card. If you want to look back at his previews of both the Busher Invitational and the Gotham Stakes (G3), then you can find those under the "News" Tab above.

For today's analysis, he is specifically focusing on a unique NYRA wager that can be applied to the 4 Stakes Races that are presented on Saturday. The Grand Slam Wager, as it is called, is not a gimmick. Rather, it is a clever means to entice new customers, and put your skills to the test. Betting horizontal tickets can be frustrating, so our turfwriter sees it as an excellent way for some relief, without totally sacrificing the challenge of a Pick 4.

Here are the terms of the wager in case you do not know...  Grand Slam ($1 Min,) – Pick a horse to finish in the top three in three straight races, capped by the winner of the fourth race in the sequence. If there is no show wagering in one of the first three legs, the horse must finish second.

If you are playing a traditional Pick 4 ticket, then you are not able to include the first Stakes Race on the card, the Busher Invitational. The Grand Slam sequence does... So, enjoy handicapping races 6-9, and have a look at the analysis below!

Horse Racing Picks

The Gotham Day All-Stakes Grand Slam…

LEG 1: (Race 6: Dirt, 1 Mile, Busher Invitational, $250k, 3F)

Recall that this wager is a bit different, so we are after those that will hit the board in these first 3 races, then in the finale, we must have the winner. This 1st Leg may not have an expansive field, but there is depth here. Trainer Chad Brown has a pair that are both on the make. Search Results #3 is the type of Klaravich runner who looks professional only after breaking her maiden down at Gulfstream Park. I see her as having the best chance to hit the board, if not win. Adding in one more would not be a bad plan, just in case. Laobanonaprayer #2 from the barn of Danny Velazquez (who also owns here) looks primed after running in some challenging “Non-G” NYRA-style contests. These are for hardy souls only, and this Lao-bred filly was 1-2 through 3 types of these races. I think both fillies are on the make, and differently bred, raced, and full of opportunity.

Selections: 2/3 (2 Deep)

 

LEG 2: (Race 7: Dirt, 6F, Tom Fool Handicap (G3), $200k, 4+)

Leg 2 of this 4-pack sends us into a race that has produced some very good runners over the years. I am looking for an experienced sprinter who has the form coming into this one, but maybe is better priced than 2/1. If you want to spurn the favorites, because you think Share the Ride #2 is turning back too quick, Pete’s Play Call #1 is just not trustworthy, or Bob Baffert’s Speed Pass #5 will be grossly over bet, then take a look at Rob Atras’ Chateau #3. The 6-yr-old Flat Out gelding posted a strong number last time out in an OC62.5k contest, and owner Michael Dubb always comes to play. He has great early speed, and getting Kendrick Carmouche back aboard is another feather in the cap. Why not take a better price on this one? Could drift up a bit… let’s hope so.

Selections: 3 (Single)

 

LEG 3: (Race 8: Dirt, 1 Mile, Heavenly Prize Invitational Stakes, $125k, F&M 4+)

Another 1-turn affair arrives, and we are ready for the second half of this All-Stakes ticket! This stage might be one of the tougher parts of the sequence because there are several directions you could head in. I think it is tempting to go deep in here, but I would caution against that because remember the goal is to find a runner that can just hit the board. My top selection is not the Todd Pletcher or Bill Mott entries (I actually don’t like either of them). I fancy Landing Zone #3 from the barn of Claudio Gonzalez who probably most will not recognize as a trainer. He continues to be strong in Maryland, which is where he is based. This filly has some good experience, and will be a square price. Last out in a 100k race at North Stronach-ville, she did something that is tough to do on dirt, she re-rallied on the backside. In 2020, she progressed through the ALLW ranks, and did not do poorly stepping up into some tougher company in a 100k, G3, and then once again in the re-rally contest. There is major upside with Victor Carrasco riding this one. I bet she drifts higher once the tote board starts to churn. Yep… it is a single.

Selections: 3 (Single)

 

LEG 4: (Race 9: Dirt, 1 Mile, Gotham Stakes (G3), $300k, 3)

It is time to get serious and figure out who is going to win the feature on today’s Grand Slam card. Questions abound though… do you take the local hard-knocking favorite in Capo Kane #6? What about Bob Baffert’s entry from SoCal, who is making the trip East—Freedom Fighter #7? And… how about the 2 Chad Browns, bench warmer Highly Motivated #3 and Crowded Trade #5? It seems like a tough set of picks to make. I think Baffert’s entry gets the nod, if he shipped well. His front-running efforts at Del Mar and Santa Anita were some good performances, especially that last one against blue-blood Concert Tour.

My sense is that Brown’s Highly Motivated #3 is going to be tough, but I have had second thoughts as the race approaches about his sharpness. The other entry, Crowded Trade #5 is going to have to majorly step up his game. That is not impossible because he could improve off that last effort. Lastly, Capo Kane #6 has some great ability, and maybe the cutback in distance will assist. Last out in the Withers (G3), I think most would agree, he did not run his best race. Dylan Davis is going to have his work cut out for him. To my eye, Baffert gets this win, but I want to back him up with Brown’s ace.

Selections: 3/7 (2 Deep)

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Enjoy some Gotham Day action from Aqueduct Racetrack! Best of Luck!

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