Aqueduct spot plays for Cigar Mile Day

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]

How to bet the 2019 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct

On Saturday, December 7, nine promising 2-year-olds with Kentucky Derby (G1) aspirations will head to the Aqueduct starting gate for the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2).

Aqueduct: Thanksgiving week spot plays for Comely, Discovery Stakes

An action-packed week of racing at Aqueduct has been diminished slightly with the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Day card because of high wind forecasts, but the schedule for Friday and Saturday remains enticing, with six stakes races on the agenda.

Tiz a Slam brings upset chance to Red Smith Stakes

Tiz a Slam winning the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography By most metrics #7 Sadler’s Joy is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $200,000 Red Smith Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles over the grass course at Aqueduct. Sadler’s Joy is certainly the most accomplished competitor. The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy won the 2017 Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) and placed third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), which clearly demonstrated his ability [...]

Tacitus Prevails in Roughly-Run Wood Memorial

Tacitus winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography In one of the roughest races seen on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this winter, favored Tacitus emerged from a battle-weary field to win the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in hard-fought fashion. Chaos reigned during the run to the first turn, and even Tacitus did not emerge unscathed. A generally ragged start was made worse when Tax, breaking from the rail, [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Wood Memorial

Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography There are plenty of promising and accomplished runners to consider in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that has attracted eleven entrants. I’ve taken a look at the five morning line favorites and have divided them into two categories—“For,” containing the horses that I like best, and “Against,” featuring the short-priced runners that [...]

BARN Podcast 4/4/19

It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're talking all about the big races coming up this weekend. Keeneland has huge fields all weekend and we'll discuss the Blue Grass Stakes day as well as Friday's Transylvania. We'll also touch on the Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct.

Linda Rice Trainer Leading Aqueduct Standings

Heading into April, Linda Rice leads Rudy Rodriguez in the Aqueduct trainer standings by 5 races. Rice has won 45 races while Rudy’s won 40. Linda’s horses have also earned a massive $2,254,745. Her horses have won 25% of the time while they’ve finished in the Top 3 60% of the time. Rice has been training since 1987. So, it’s no surprise that her horses are winning. In 2018, her horses won $6,914,061. She could easily eclipse that total in [...]