BetOnline has nine racecourses operating on Thursday across the country. The most notable track in action has to be Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. There are a few big races at Aqueduct on Thursday, with a couple of feature races worth $80,000 each. We are going to begin the day in New York at Aqueduct on Thursday afternoon.
The stakes racing will start up at Aqueduct Racetrack again on Saturday with the running of the $100,000 Robert M. Robb Stakes. Fair Grounds is where you will find the majority of the stakes action on the weekend, though. The Louisiana based track has seven stakes races, six worth $100,000 and the feature event for $150,000.
At Aqueduct on Thursday, we have nine races expected to be run for a total of $537,000 in prize money. There are three horses on the racecard today that should be worth a look at Aqueduct. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for December 10, 2020.
Post Time: 12:20 p.m. EST
Race 1 will get us going on Thursday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack. A purse of $43,000 is on the table in the opening race at Aqueduct. We could have a duel on our hands in the stretch between Smile Bryan and Complexifier. Smile Bryan will get the inside rail out of the gate and might be able to do something with it.
He has finished in the top-3 in three straight races and in four of his previous five entries. In his most recent win, Smile Bryan went to the winner’s circle in June in a $45,000 event. Smile Bryan offed Honos Man by 3 ½ lengths in an impressive showing after drawing clear in the stretch.
Smile Bryan has gone 6th, 2nd, 6th, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd in six performances since then. In his most recent showing, Smile Bryan placed 2nd behind Somebody by ¾ lengths in a $37,000 assignment. Overall, for a $120,000 horse, his connections would have liked to see better than a 2 for 20 record going into Thursday. This is an opportunity for a win on Thursday, but Compflexifier will pose a challenge.
Complexifier is the only horse with stakes experience, as he made an appearance in the $75,000 Buffalo Man Stakes (Black Type) on November 30, 2019. It was a bold effort, with Complexifier getting into the money to show 3rd.
Since that race, Complexifier has finished 5th, 7th, 4th. In his most recent try, Complexifier was 4th in a $26,00 assignment. Prior to that effort, he was 7th for $62,500 on September 3 at Churchill Downs. I’m not excited about what Complexifier has been doing since the stakes event. I will take my chances on Smile Bryan from the inside.
Post Time: 12:50 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
We have an event for 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $70,000 purse. Lindros and Excellent Timing should have something to say in the stretch in this race. Lindros will line up from the No. 7 post position next to Excellent Timing. The $170,000 Lindros will make his debut on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack. He has been looking good in workouts leading up to today’s run as a rookie. Lindros has completed 4-furlong workouts at 49, 48.40, and 49.60 seconds.
He should make some noise for the top prize in this event. Excellent Timing is relatively new as well, though this will be his second appearance on the racecourse. He placed 2nd behind Horn of Plenty by 1 ¾ lengths for a $70,000 purse. Excellent Timing was highly regarded in that event as the betting favorite in the first race of his career. He was sharp in a 4-furlong workout with a time of 47.60 seconds to outpace Lindros in November. We have two talented horses in Lindros and Excellent Timing in Race 2. I would lean with Excellent Timing to nip Lindros at the wire.
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
Race 8 has a $72,000 purse for 6 furlongs on the turf. This grass race is scheduled to include ten runners. There are a couple of main track only horses signed up to participate, but will be scratched if the event remains on the turf. It is expected to be a clear day in New York, so it’s most likely staying on the grass track. Fresco and Ruvies in Time should be atop the shortlist for this event. Ruvies in Time is 3 for 16 with a win three races ago on October 18.
Ruvies in Time beat Whyishesolucky by 5 lengths in a $35,000 event. So, this event is a step up from that race. Following the win, Ruvies in Time showed 3rd in a $72,000 event, and then 4th most recently for another $72,000 event. Ruvies in Time will remain in the same class for her Thursday performance. I’m high on Fresco in this one as well. Ruvies in Time should find it tough to get past Fresco in Race 8.
Fresco has stakes experience and a win in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes (Black Type) on July 23. That was an impressive 1 ¾ length win for Fresco over Dixie Cannon. Fresco has finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd since that win. That’s her only win, though she has been competing in some tough events. She placed 2nd behind Screaming’ By by a half length in her most recent finish on November 8. Despite the close loss, a similar effort should be sufficient for a win over this field on Thursday.