The horse racing card is packed on Friday with 13 tracks offering action at BetOnline. If there’s a horse that you really like, you can use your $25.00 free bet at BetOnline on one of the many horses galloping on Friday. There are a lot of horses to pick from, and we’ll try to narrow down and shortlist a handful of horses. If $25.00 doesn’t get your juices flowing, then you’ll be happy to know that BetOnline offers the highest limits in the industry. Some of the big boys are available at BetOnline on Friday, including Aqueduct Racetrack and Santa Anita Park. Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn Park are also live on Friday. We will take a look at what Aqueduct and Santa Anita have to offer today.
Aqueduct has eight races scheduled for a total of $408,000 in prize money available Friday. No stakes racing, but the $250,000 Withers Stakes (Gr. 3) is the main show in the US on Saturday. It’s a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, with some points going towards the race. Note that there is rain in the forecast in Queens today, so it could be a sloppy track. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for February 5, 2021.
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Race 4 is a $35,000 event on the dirt covering 6 furlongs. Madam Deputy, who is coupled with Women Not Easy, has a reasonable opportunity of finding the winner’s circle. Madam Deputy joins Grape Therapy as horses to watch in this event. While Madam Deputy is listed at No. 1 with Women Not Easy, she is starting from the outside at No. 8.
Madam Deputy has finished 3rd, 5th, 7th, 3rd in her career, with two top-3 performances, including her most recent outing on September 24. She showed 3rd in a $32,000 assignment in that one, then went on a layoff before getting the call for Friday. Madam Deputy transfers from Belmont Park to Aqueduct Racetrack for this event.
Grape Therapy is by far the most consistent runner in this race. She has participated in four events, finishing 2nd, 6th, 2nd, 2nd. Two races ago on December 3 at Aqueduct, Race Therapy placed 2nd behind Love Me Tomorrow by 3 ¾ lengths in a $35,000 race. She rallied nicely in the stretch, but just didn’t have enough.
In her next performance, Grape Therapy placed 2nd behind Empress Luciana by 1 ½ lengths in her next outing in another $35,000 event. Despite the loss, Grape Therapy was able to finish ahead of 11 horses in a big field. That effort would likely be fine enough for Grape Therapy to get to the winner’s circle.
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The feature race at Aqueduct Racetrack is Race 5, a mile race worth $84,000 on the dirt. Six horses are competing in the feature event, with Stand for the Flag and Kansas Kis likely strong runners in the stretch run. Stand for the Flag is 2 for 9 in her career, with some stakes racing on the resume. She finished 8th in the $200,000 Comely Stakes (Gr. 3) on November 29. A couple of outings ago, Stand for the Flag was 4th in the $100,000 Go for Wang Handicap (Gr. 3) on December 5.
Stand for the Flag showed 3rd in her most recent assignment a little down in class for a $84,000 purse on January 15. That race was between Kansas Kis and Flashndynamite. Stand for the Flag was 9 lengths behind Kansas Kis, while Kansas Kis was 1 ¼ lengths back of Flashndynamite. Kansas Kis is 2 for 11 in her career, with top-2 finishes in six of her last eight entries. She beat Glass Ceiling by a head in a $82,000 event on November 28, then placing 2nd in the event I noted above. After appearing and struggling in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (Gr. 3), Kansas Kis has looked great. I would back Kansas Kis from the inside to get the win.
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Our final selection at Aqueduct Racetrack is a 7-furlong scramble for a $70,000 purse. This is another main track race at Aqueduct. In fact, the turf won’t be used on Friday. Bank Sting and La Kara Mia should be involved in the stretch run.
Bank Sting has appeared in one race in her career, finishing 4th in the $500,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes on December 15. That was a promising debut for Bank Sting. It didn’t result in a win, but still a nice effort at that level. Bank Sting is downsizing to a $70,000 assignment on Friday. It’s hard to ignore her potential in a $70,000 race.
La Kara Mia is a $775,000 horse expected to have a productive career. Anything less than stakes wins would be a disappointment. As a comparison, Bank Sting was purchased at auction for just $14,000 in 2018. La Kara Mia has finished 8th and 2nd in her career. She was 8th out of the gate as a rookie on June 4. She hit the gate and was never able to recover, so there was an explanation for her bad start.
She came back on July 2 for a much better effort, placing 2nd behind Sharp Starr by 5 lengths in a $53,000 event. Despite the two losses, La Kara is likely going to eventually break through this year. I wouldn’t discount her yet. This is up in class, but the competition isn’t more difficult. I am going to put my faith behind La Kara Mia striking finally in the third race of her career.