Nine more racecourses are available for wagering on Thursday at BetOnline. Afternoon and evening racing is available throughout the US. If you’re busy during the afternoon, then take a look at what Charles Town and Remington Park have going on. Both cards are evening cards, with Remington Park beginning at 6:00 p.m. CST and Charles Town at 7:00 p.m. EST. They don’t have the most money available on Thursday, but enough racing to handicap regardless.
If you want a big stakes race, you’ll have to wait for Saturday where Oaklawn Park is the center of horse racing again this weekend. They have a Grade 1 race with the running of the $1,000,000 Apple Blossom Handicap. There is also the $1,000,000 Oaklawn Handicap (Gr. 2) running in Arkansas a week following the Arkansas Derby.
We are expecting to have a card for Saturday at Oaklawn Park, so pay attention to that. For now on Thursday afternoon, though, we’re at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens to open the day. Aqueduct has eight races on the card for a decent pool of $496,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for April 15, 2021.
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. EST
We will get going with the first selection at Aqueduct Racetrack with Race 1. Nine horses are expected to participate in this event, with You Are Awesome and Crypto Cash on my shortlist. You Are Awesome is catching 8/1 on the morning-line, but I see with a better chance to win than the odds indicate. He is a two-time winner and has accustomed to running up close recently.
He’s 2 for 12 going into Thursday afternoon, and has finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in his previous four entries. He most recently beat Rrace Day Warrior by 1 ¼ lengths in a $18,000 assignment at Charles Town. That was a nice effort after placing 2nd in a $26,289 race at Laurel Park. You Are Awesome finished a half length behind in that race.
This is going to be a tougher event for You Are Awesome, but he commands a bit of respect thanks to his recent form. At least at the morning-line odds, You Are Awesome could be used as a smart value play here. He will likely have to improve to get past Crypto Cash, though. Crypto Cash is going in the other direction, looking for an easier event after going 7th, 5th, 5th, 5th in his previous four.
Crypto Cash appeared in the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (Gr. 1) last year, so he has experience in big events. In his most recent outing, Crypto Cash finished 5th in a $42,000 event. This is the same class, but the longer distance and competition should suit him better. The only horse that has experienced success as of late has been You Are Awesome, and that’s in a much lower class. I like Crypto Cash to prevail.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
In the third race of the day, we have a mile event for a $72,000 purse on the dirt. Pleasure Luck and Brattle House should emerge as top-flight contenders in the race. Pleasure Luck has been consistent with four appearances and four top-3 performances. She has finished 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd with a win December 19 in the second race of her career.
Pleasure Luck beat Vallarand by 7 ¼ lengths in a $70,000 assignment. That was an impressive win, as Pleasure Luck drew clear going into the stretch and built on a 2 length lead. Since the win, Pleasure Luck has placed 2nd in back-to-back events. She placed 2nd behind Make Mischief by 3 ½ lengths in a $72,000 event on January 31, and then a 2 ¾ length loss in the same class most recently on March 20.
It’s hard not to see Pleasure Luck battling with Brattle House in the stretch. Brattle House has finished 1st and 2nd in her young career. She beat Flower’s Fortune by 5 ¼ lengths for a $70,000 purse. Impressive enough to go stakes racing in her next entry, placing 2nd in the $100,000 Maddie May Stakes behind Make Mischief, a horse that beat Pleasure Luck by 3 ½ lengths, by a neck. A similar performance for this $775,000 filly should be sufficient.
Post Time: 2:53 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 4 is a $55,000 event on the turf in Queens. Nine horses are running with Killer Dress and Summer in the City on my watchlist. Killer Dress is 2 for 5 with finishes of 1st, 4th, 3rd, 7th, 1st. After finishing 7th in a $51,000 event on February 5, she came back a few weeks later and then came back to win. Killer Dress defeated Hohohoho by 1 ½ lengths for a $24,000 purse.
The drop in class helped, and now there is some confidence in Killer Dress being ready for a $50,000+ race again. Killer Dress looked good in workouts, with recent times of 49.80 and 49.40 seconds at 4 furlongs. This could be a good spot for Killer Dress against beatable competition. Summer in the City on the inside rail must be acknowledged, though.
Summer in the City has been showing improvement with each passing race in her career. She’s gone 5th, 2nd, 1st in the first three races of her career. After placing 2nd in a $35,000 event on April 15, 2020 Summer in the City showed improvement to win on Jun 28, 2020 over She’s Just Quality by a neck in a $47,000 event. Following a layoff, Summer in the City has looked quick in recent workouts. If she wants to run in her return, a win for Summer in the City appears likely.