Aqueduct Racetrack Picks – Saturday, January 23, 2021

| January 22, 2021 2:11 pm PDT

Aqueduct Racetrack brings us a nine-race schedule for Saturday that includes the ungraded Jazil Stakes, named after the 2006 Belmont Stakes winner. I review that match as well as some lucrative maiden and allowance races.

You can find Aqueduct’s entire nine-race card — including horses, jockeys, trainers, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended online racebooks.

Read on for my Aqueduct Racetrack picks and betting tips for Saturday, January 23.

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 1

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-old fillies running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $80,000.

I’m sticking with the 1/1 morning line favorite here — Maracuja, with Pablo Morales in the irons. This filly moneyed her single career start with a second-place finish in December at Aqueduct.

At 15/1, buy a show ticket on the coupled entries After the Wire and Needacarcalllouie. These two fillies, ridden by Katie Davis and Trevor McCarthy, respectively, both failed to finish in the money in their single career starts — which puts them about even with most of the rest of this seven-horse race.

  •  Win: Maracuja 1/1
  •  Show: After the Wire/Needacarcalllouie 15/1

Pick for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 3 — Jazil Stakes

This is the Jazil Stakes, an ungraded stakes race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/8 miles for a purse of $100,000.

While the top two-morning line choices will probably make this stakes race a real nail-biter, I believe the second-favored (9/5) entry — Mr. Buff, with Kendrick Carmouche aboard — has the advantage. This seven-year-old gelding moneyed 27 of his 42 career starts, winning 15 of them — nearly double the wins that the morning line favorite accrued in 47 starts.

Oh, and that 50/1 longshot? That is never going to happen, so put your long money away.

  •  Win: Mr. Buff 9/5

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 8

This is an allowance race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/8 miles for a purse of $82,000.

I’m sticking with the 9/5 morning line favorite here — Chestertown, with Jose Lezcano in the irons. This four-year-old colt moneyed seven of his ten career starts, winning three.

And at 15/1, I have to like Lost in Rome, with Nik Juarez aboard, for a value show bet. This four-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his ten career starts, winning three. In fact, you might want to consider an across-the-board wager here.

  •  Win: Chestertown 9/5
  •  Show/Across the Board: Lost in Rome 15/1

My Other Predictions for Saturday

Aqueduct Racetrack had some good profit opportunities, but wait until you’ve seen the other two tracks I reviewed for Saturday:

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