We are back on the racetrack Sunday with a look at what’s going on for the thoroughbred circuit. BetOnline has nine racecourses on the docket on Sunday. There are four stakes races scheduled on Sunday, with two at Santa Anita Park for $100,000 each. The feature race of Sunday is at Aqueduct Racetrack with the running of the second division of the $200,000 New York Stallion Stakes. This is the Park Avenue Division, with the Times Square Division completed on Saturday. Aqueduct also has a $100,000 stakes race with the Memories of Silver Stakes. We will open the day at Aqueduct Racetrack with three selections in Queens.
There are nine races on the card at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday. We will cover three races looking for some winning horses. Pay attention to the horse racing page for more picks on Sunday. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for April 17, 2021.
Post Time: 1:53 p.m. EST
For a $74,000 purse, eight horses are scheduled to run 6 furlongs on the main track. Doll and Gotta Go Mo are on my watchlist in Race 2. Doll is 2 for 14 in her career with a recent win two races back on December 10. She beat Astoria Kitten by 2 ¼ lengths for a $72,000 purse. This was after Doll placed 2nd behind Canarsie Angel by a half length for a $45,000 event.
She did the same on September 2 placing in a $49,000 race by a nose. Doll finished top-2 in eight of her previous nine events before finishing 6th in a $74,000 event. That was highly disappointing from Doll. A lot more was expected from her, but she looked tired with no gas in the tank.Doll’s connections hope it’s just a blip and he responds on Sunday.
Doll should be tested by Gotta Go Mo. Gotta Go Mo is 2 for 7 in her career, and fresh off back-to-back wins on April 5 and February 21. She beat Mane Attraction by 2 ¾ lengths at the wire for a $45,000 win in April. And then Gotta Go Mo followed up for another win on February 21 to beat Awsum Roar by 1 ½ lengths in a $47,000 event. This is up in class and could be tougher, but the value is certainly there for Gotta Go Mo.
Post Time: 2:22 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $55,000 event on the main track covering 6 furlongs. Up Seventyfour and Easy to Bless should have a strong say in the stretch in this race. Up Seventyfour has gone 3rd, 6th, 1st in her young career. She showed 3rd on January 17 in a $43,000 event as a first-time runner. That was something to build on for Up Seventyfour.
However, her next performance didn’t go according to plan, finishing 6th for a $80,000 purse. In her next outing, Up Seventyfour responded nicely for a $43,000 purse by 1 length over Bastet on March 14. That race puts Up Seventyfour in the right direction going into Sunday. Expect Easy to Bless to put up a big fight for the top prize in Race 3.
Easy to Bless is 3 for 6 in her career, with a win in three of her previous four entries. Easy to Bless has gone 2nd, 10th, 1st, 6th, 1st, 1st, in her career. She beat Cavaier Resolution by 3 ½ lengths in a $19,000 assignment. Easy to Bless responded with a 10 ¾ length win in a blowout. That kind of form should be tough to beat despite the hike in class. Easy to Bless should find better competition here, but another performance like that should yield another win.
Race 7 – New York Stallion Stakes
Post Time: 4:34 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The Park Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes is the feature event in the US on Sunday. Six horses are expected to participate, with Laura’s Bellamy and Laobanonaprayer involved in the stretch in this one. Laura’s Bellamy is coming off an impressive debut on February 27 for a $70,000 purse. Laura’s Bellamy cleared Handle the Truth by a half length in that one as a mid-tier horse according to the odds.
She is backed by one of the best trainer’s in Todd Pletcher, and has a talented jockey in Manny Franco on the saddle. Following that solid performance, Laura’s Bellamy is going to try her hand in a stakes race. It’s going to be a tough race against Laobanonaprayer, but she’s open to improvement, and could look even sharper than in her debut win.
Laobanonaprayer has gone 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 4th in her career. She has stakes experience, and won a New York Stallions race on December 6, her most recent win. Laobanonaprayer beat Jill’s a Hot Mess by 8 lengths in that $250,000 contest. However, she’s been regressing, and finished 4th in her most recent assignment in the $250,000 Busher Invitational on March 6. She certainly deserves attention, but Laura’s Bellamy has a chance for the upset. At 5/1 on the morning-line, it’s hard not to consider the value on an up and comer for Todd Pletcher.