Aqueduct Racetrack Picks – Saturday, January 9, 2021

| January 8, 2021 11:35 am PDT

Aqueduct Racetrack headlines the ungraded Say Florida Sandy Stakes along with the track’s usual fare of big-purse maiden, allowance, and claiming races.

I review the three richest races at Aqueduct here — including the Say Florida Sandy Stakes — but you can find their entire nine-race schedule at one of our top horse racing betting sites.

Read on for my Aqueduct Racetrack picks and betting tips for Saturday’s three richest races.

Pick for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 3 – Say Florida Sandy Stakes

This is the Say Florida Sandy, an ungraded stakes race for New York-foaled four-year-olds and upward running a distance of seven furlongs for a purse of $100,000.

Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, I’m betting on the 3/5 morning line favorite in this stakes race — Funny Guy, with Mannie Franco in the irons. This five-year-old finished in the money 11 of his 16 career starts, winning six. And these have not been the usual allowance and claiming races — five of his wins were in Black Type stakes runs, with the one exception being his maiden.

Yes, Funny Guy will be carrying six pounds more than his four competitors, but so what?

  •  Win: Funny Guy 3/5

Pick for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 5

This is an allowance race for New York-foaled fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of six furlongs for a purse of $72,000.

I’m backing the second-favored (5/2) entry in this race — New York Rock Star, with Kendrick Carmouche aboard. This four-year-old filly finished in the money nine of her ten career starts, winning two. She has better speed numbers than her competition in this field, and unlike the morning line favorite, she has performed consistently well throughout her career.

The longest odds in this seven-horse field are 10/1, and I don’t see that horse cashing a paycheck at the finish line.

  •  Win: New York Rock Star 5/2

Picks for Aqueduct Racetrack Race 8

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

I’m sticking with the 5/2 morning line favorite here — Miss Jimmy, ridden by Michael J. Luzzi. This five-year-old mare moneyed 15 of her 17 career starts, winning eight. Yes, there are jockeys in this match with better wins/WPS stats than Luzzi, but last I checked, the jockeys aren’t the ones doing the running.

And at 20/1, Beaux Arts, with Christopher DeCarlo in the irons, is a good value show bet against this field. This six-year-old mare moneyed 13 of her 24 career starts, winning two.

  •  Win: Miss Jimmy 5/2
  •  Show: Beaux Arts 20/1

My Other Predictions for Saturday

Aqueduct Racetrack was a bit stingy with the long-odds prospects, but no worries — I found plenty at the other tracks I reviewed for Saturday:

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