Aqueduct Racetrack Picks – Thursday, January 28, 2021

| January 27, 2021 2:02 pm PDT

Aqueduct Racetrack has filled its Thursday racing card with maiden and claiming races, three of which offer some distinctively attractive purses that really bring out the competition.

While I review those three richest races at Aqueduct, remember that you can find their full eight-race card — including horses, jockeys, trainers, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our best online racebooks.

Now, read on for my Aqueduct Racetrack picks and betting tips for Thursday’s three top thoroughbred races.

Picks 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 agree with the morning line in this race, so my win bet is on the 7/5 favorite — Halo City, ridden by Jorge A. Vargas, Jr. this four-year-old filly finished in the money seven of her 12 career starts, winning one.

And at 12/1, Princess Pinky, with Manny Franco aboard, looks like a good value show bet. This five-year-old mare also moneyed seven of her 12 career starts, winning one.

  •  Win: Halo City 7/5
  •  Show: Princess Pinky 12/1

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 5

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

While the morning line favorite has better performance numbers in recent workouts, my choice for the win in this maiden race is the fourth-favored (9/2) Bird Ruler, with Kendrick Carmouche in the irons. This gelding was in the money once in three career starts, managing a second-place finish at Churchill Downs despite an early bump.

And I can’t resist the 30/1 longshot, Frosted Indian, with Katie Davis aboard — at least for a value show bet. Like most of this field, this colt has no record for starts but has shown very good times in recent workouts — very unlike most of this field.

  •  Win: Bird Ruler 9/2
  •  Show: Frosted Indian 30/1

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 7

This is a maiden claiming race for three-year-olds running a distance of one mile for a purse of $48,000.

I like the second-favored (5/2) entry for this run — Sinashack, ridden by Manny Franco. This colt moneyed two of his four career starts and has shown better speed numbers with each successive race.

And at 20/1, We Ready, with Luis A. Rodriguez Castro in the irons, looks particularly worthy of a show bet. This colt has no record of starts but has shown consistently good times in recent workouts — certainly better than the longshot odds would suggest.

  •  Win: Sinashack 5/2
  •  Show: We Ready 20/1

My Other Predictions for Thursday

Aqueduct Racetrack had it all for us, but I found even more profit opportunities at the other two tracks I reviewed for Thursday:

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