We have races on Saturday throughout the country. There were strong storms that ripped through several states, so it’s best to check to see if a track you plan on playing is operating. I know that Kentucky was hit hard. Rain is expected on Saturday in Florence, Kentucky, so it is tough to see Turfway Park going on Saturday.
The biggest race today is the running of the $300,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr. 2) on the west coast in California. Fair Grounds has the most stakes races with seven in New Orleans. Our first stop is going to be at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.
Aqueduct Racetrack has nine races worth $544,000 on Saturday afternoon. The $100,000 Garland Stakes is the feature at Aqueduct on this card. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for December 11, 2021.
Post Time: 1:18 p.m. EST
Race 3 is a $80,000 event covering 6 furlongs on the dirt. Look at Goodmorning Angel and Mischievous Diane for potential winners in this one.
Goodmorning Angel is making her debut on Saturday afternoon for Steve Asmussen. This looks like a good spot for Goodmorning Angel to make noise right away in her career.
The filly has put together good work in the morning, and should be dangerous if it translates on raceday. Goodmorning Angel was most recently timed at 49.50 seconds at 4 furlongs on December 5.
She also looked good on November 21 with a time of 1:01.00 at 5 furlongs. This looks like a decent chance for her. Mischievous Diane should give her a big challenge.
Mischievous Diane has raced twice and did well to place 2nd in both appearances at Belmont Park and Aqueduct. In her debut, she placed 2nd behind Sweet as Pie by 1 ¼ lengths for a $90,000 purse.
In her next and most recent attempt, she placed 2nd behind Kathleen O. by a head for $80,000. If Mischievous Diane runs her race, expect a big chance for a win.
Post Time: 2:11 p.m. EST
The fifth assignment at Aqueduct goes for 6 furlongs on the dirt. 12 horses are expected to compete for a $70,000 purse. Celine the Queen and Kant Hurry Love should have a chance.
Celine the Queen is making her debut on Saturday in this event. The $170,000 filly has been keeping up in morning workouts, with three very strong 4-furlong trips with a time of 47.04, 47.05, and 47.63 seconds most recently on November 27.
That form should put Celine the Queen in a good spot versus this field. Look for her to be tested by Kant Hurry Love who has five races of experience.
Kant Hurry Love has finished 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd. She has been close and keeps knocking at the wire hard.
In her last attempt, Kant Hurry Love placed behind Sterling Silver by a nose for a $70,000 purse. This was after placing behind Silver Fist by 4 ¼ lengths in a $75,000 race.
The value looks strong enough to consider a play on Kant Hurry Love in this one. She’s coming on strong and should be rewarded soon.
Race 8 – Garland Stakes
Post Time: 3:37 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
The $100,000 Garland Stakes is the feature race at Aqueduct on Saturday afternoon. Consideration for Glass Ceiling and Song River must be in order in this spot.
Song River is 4 for 18 and she is searching for a hat-trick on Saturday. She has finished 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st in her last five attempts.
In her last two outings, Song River defeated Lady Traveler by 1 ½ lengths for a $103,000 purse, and then 1 ¼ lengths for $134,000. Song River is going to have to fight from the outside but has a live chance.
Glass Ceiling is 4 for 22 and coming off a solid performance in the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes, placing 2nd behind Lady Rocket by a head. Prior to that attempt, Glass Ceiling won a $92,000 race easily by 6 lengths.
That was an impressive performance with Glass ceiling drawing clear going into the stretch and driving. She should like going back down in distance to 6 ½ furlongs on Saturday.