Aqueduct Racetrack Picks – Thursday, February 25, 2021

| February 24, 2021 12:45 pm PDT

After losing just one race day to the winter storm that broke low temp and snow records throughout the East and the South, Aqueduct brings us eight main track thoroughbred runs full of profit opportunities to embiggen our investment portfolios.

I review the three richest races here, but you can find Aqueduct’s entire eight-race card — including horses, jockeys, trainers, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our best horse racing betting sites.

Now, read on for my Aqueduct Racetrack picks and tips for the three richest races on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Pick for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 2

This is a claiming race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $45,000.

I like the 1/1 morning line favorite for this race — Miss Peppina, with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed four of her eight career starts, winning one, which puts her at the head of the class among this seven-horse field.

None of the long odds entries in this run look likely to pay on a value show bet, so let’s save our long money for later.

  •  Win: Miss Peppina 1/1

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 3

This is a claiming race for three-year-olds running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $55,000.

I’m going to agree with the morning line in this race as well and buy a win ticket for the 5/2 favorite — Conformist, ridden by Manny Franco. This gelding finished in the money three of her four career starts, winning one.

The longest M/L odds in this six-horse race are 8/1, and I like this entry as a sleeper, i.e., a wild-card horse worthy of whatever wager you care to risk. In this case, that horse is Kentucky Cool, with Dylan Davis aboard. This gelding moneyed four of his six career starts, winning two.

  •  Win: Conformist 5/2
  •  Sleeper: Kentucky Cool 8/1

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 7

This is an allowance optional claiming race for New York-foaled four-year-olds and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $74,000.

I have to agree with the morning line here and bet on the 5/2 favorite — Dark Money, with Manny Franco in the irons. This five-year-old gelding had money finishes in 10 of his 19 career starts, and he won seven of those.

At 12/1, Possetizzly, ridden by Pablo Morales, looks like a great value show wager. This five-year-old gelding moneyed 16 of his 24 career starts, winning five.

  •  Win: Dark Money 5/2
  •  Show: Possetizzly 12/1

My Other Predictions for Thursday

Plenty more wagering action at the other two tracks I reviewed for Thursday:

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