Aqueduct Winter Meet Closes With All Stakes Card

Chris Adams

Although the Aqueduct meet technically ends on Sunday, Saturday is where the attention will be. The 10 race card contains nothing but stakes races.

Aqueduct Race 1

Post: 1:20 PM ET; Purse: $75,000 Xtra Heat S., 6 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 ITS COLD IN DEHERE (7-5) will likely have the stamina to outlast these in the final jumps of the race.
  • #5 SHESALITTLE EDGY (5-2) is worth a look here given edges in connections & race flow.
  • #4 EASY TO BLESS (3-1) looks like a legitimate contender in today’s race given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #1APRAIRIE FIRE (8-1) should be in the right spot early to give this horse a chance to get the job done.

Selections: 2-5-4-1A

Aqueduct Race 2

Post: 1:52 PM ET; Purse: $45,000 Belle Gallantey S., 7 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 WITCH HUNTER (3-5) barring a horrible turn of racing luck, this one looks like about as much of a lock as they come.
  • #2 FIRST FOREVER (5-1) goes out for solid connections.
  • #3 INDIAN BELLA (7-2) is in good form of late, but runs against a monster here.
  • #5 SNIFF (8-1) has the 2nd best speed figures in the group and makes sense underneath.

Selections: 4-2-3-5

Aqueduct Race 3

Post: 2:23 PM ET; Purse: $55,000 Kelly Kip S., 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 8

Dark Money will be a heavy favorite in the 3rd from Aqueduct on Saturday
Dark Money will be a heavy favorite in the 3rd from Aqueduct on Saturday. Image courtesy of NYBred.com
  • #1 DARK MONEY (4-5) looks tough to beat here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class. This one is another seemingly slam dunk, though best bet is a relative term because the other likeliest winner may leave the gate at 1-5.
  • #2 BELLE TAPISSERIE (6-1) should be on the engine early. Maybe this one can get a merry-go-round and hang on for a piece.
  • #4 HIGH FIVE COTTON (12-1) should have the ability outlast these if the track is tiring which it can be during this meet.
  • #6 TAPIZEARANCE (7-2) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 1-2-4-6 (Best Bet: #1 DARK MONEY)

Aqueduct Race 4

Post: 2:54 PM ET; Purse: $60,000 Sis City S., 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #1 FOXTAIL (10-1) is my upset special on the card. This one is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & race flow.
  • #7 HONEY MONEY (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & form.
  • #8 CUSTOMEREXPERIENCE (1-1) merits consideration in this spot given edges in speed & power rating.
  • #4 DARIA'S ANGEL (6-1) wouldn't be a huge surprise in the winner's circle but is more likely an underneath player.

Selections: 1-7-8-4

Aqueduct Race 5

Post: 3:23 PM ET; Purse: $60,000 More To Tell S., 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 11

  • #5 TIERGAN (2-1) has a great shot in the race given the speed & pace numbers.
  • #4 DOUBLY BLESSED (9-5) merits consideration in this spot given edges in stamina & class.
  • #8 HAMMERIN AAMER (4-1) is proven as a good bet to at least hit the board under today's distance and surface conditions.
  • #6 FAST BREAK (8-1) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 5-4-8-6

Aqueduct Race 6

Post: 3:54 PM ET; Purse: $70,000 Peeping Tom S., 6 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #7 ARISTOCRATIC (5-2) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & form.
  • #6 SOUTH SEA (3-1) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & power rating.
  • #2 SUPREME AURA (8-1) merits consideration in this spot given edges in stamina & connections.
  • #9 BRILLIANT BROOKS (9-2) is proven as a good bet to at least hit the board under today's distance and surface conditions.

Selections: 7-6-2-9

Aqueduct Race 7

Post: 4:25 PM ET; Purse: $55,000 Videogenic S., 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 AWESOME INDRA (7-2) looks to have to have kept the best company in the previous starts.
  • #8 OK HONEY 7-21) merits consideration in this spot given edges in speed & pace numbers.
  • #3 BUSTIN BAY (5-2) has really strong speed figures to be a major player in this spot.
  • #1 SHASTA STAR (8-1) is proven as a good bet to at least hit the board under today's distance and surface conditions.

Selections: 4-8-3-1

Aqueduct Race 8

Post: 5:01 PM ET; Purse: $75,000 Stud Muffin S., 1 3/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 12

  • #4 AIR ATTACK (4-1) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & form.
  • #5 BLEWITT (5-2) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #8 BAR FOURTEEN (12-1) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & pace numbers.
  • #10 THERISASTORMBREWIN (10-1) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 4-5-8-10

Aqueduct Race 9

Post: 5:32 PM ET; Purse: $80,000 Caixa Eletronica S., 7 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 8

  • #2 ZOOMER (7-2) has a great shot in the race given the speed & pace numbers.
  • #3 ANSWER IN (3-1) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #1 PRINCE JAMES (4-1) could get the right pace setup in this spot.
  • #4 MORE GRAYTFUL (5-1) goes out for strong connections and has to be considered in this spot.

Selections: 2-3-1-4

Aqueduct Race 10

Post: 6:03 PM ET; Purse: $45,000 Dads Caps S., 7 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 14

  • #10 NO SALT (7-5) is in with a great chance based on the horse's stamina & power rating.
  • #1A MI TRES POR CIENTO (5-1) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & form.
  • #8 NEXT FLIGHT (12-1) could get a perfect pace scenario today.
  • #7 MAGNETRON (6-1) is worth a look here given edges in record at the distance & pace numbers.

Selections: 10-1A-8-7

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