There is a big day of racing on Saturday, including overseas in Saudi Arabia with the running of the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup. We have you covered at King Abdulaziz Racecourse with three selections, including the main event. The Saudi Cup doesn’t get nearly as much exposure in North America as the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup.
However, the Saudi Cup is the biggest race in the world, and any owner and trainer wants to win the $20,000,000 event more than the others. This is only a two-year-old race, so we will see where it goes from here. Santa Anita Park has one stakes race on the card today, with the running of the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (Gr. 2). That is the only Grade 2 event in the US on Saturday.
Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens has a stakes race with the running of the $100,000 Maddie May Stakes. In total, Aqueduct has nine races worth a total of $527,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for February 20, 2021.
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. EST
We will get going at Aqueduct Racetrack with a $70,000 event on the main track. It’s a small field of five horses, certainly a change from the big fields in Saudi Arabia. Vodka Lemonade and B C Glory Days. Vodka Lemonade has finished 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 4th in his career.
He has come close in a couple of performances, including two races ago on December 11. Vodka Lemonade placed 2nd behind Bardolino by 4 lengths in the $70,000 assignment. In his next and most recent showing, Vodka Lemonade finished 4th in a $70,000 performance on January 21.
B C Glory Days looked good in his debut on January 16. He showed 3rd for a $70,000 event as a first-time runner in that outing. This is a $170,000 horse expected to improve after that debut. B C Glory Days only has up to go from here. I will give my support to B C Glory Days to edge out Vodka Lemonade.
Post Time: 2:50 p.m. EST
Race 4 covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $55,000 purse. We could have a duel between Siena Magic and Brilliant Brooks on our hands. Siena Magic has finished 2 for 10 in his career, running in the top-2 in 7 of his last 8 entries. It’s been a while for a win, though, as Siena Magic has been kept out of the winner’s circle since a win on February 8, 2019.
Siena Magic has gone winless in five straight, so he’s been kept fresh for the most part over the last two years. Since his win in early 2019, Siena Magic has only participated in five events. In his most recent showing, he placed 2nd behind Sneakiness in a $55,000 assignment.
This was after getting disqualified and dropped to 2nd after bumping an opponent. Siena Magic won the race by a nose, but the bump was enough to warrant him getting dropped a spot. Despite the DQ, Siena Magic was in good form and should find this event beatable.
Brilliant Brooks is on fire recently and is hard to ignore. He is on a three-race winning streak, and could find the winner’s circle for the fourth straight time today. Brilliant Brooks most recently beat Money in the Bank easily by 5 ¼ lengths on January 28. This race is going to be tougher, but another effort like that should be sufficient on Saturday.
Post Time: 4:20 p.m. EST
The seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack is a $72,000 event on the main track. More Glitter and Eloquent Speaker should run well in this race. More Glitter is a one-time winner in four races, finishing 3rd, 4th, 1st, 5th. She defeated Courageous Girl by a length in a $62,000 assignment on October 23, 2019.
That was a nice showing from More Glitter, but struggled in the $100,000 Tepin Stakes up in class on December 5, 2019 for 5th. Following that outing, More Glitter went on a lengthy layoff, only returning to the track on Saturday. Which version of More Glitter are we going to see? She has looked fine in morning workouts, with a time of 50.66 and 51.02 seconds at 4 furlongs most recently.
Eloquent Speaker should run well here, as she has been in good form for most of her young career. She has finished 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd thus far through six events. In her most recent outing, Eloquent Speaker showed 3rd in a $72,000 event on January 24.
Her work in the morning has been impressive, with a time of 48.21 and 49.66 seconds at 4 furlongs. More Glitter could sneak up in the stretch, though it’s difficult to say how she’ll run following the layoff. I am going to back Eloquent Speaker to cash in.