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Aqueduct Racetrack looks like a good place to start on Thursday afternoon. The Queens based racetrack in South Ozone Park has eight racecourses available for wagering today. It includes a total of $333,000 in prize money. No stakes racing planned, but the running of the Toboggan Stakes (Gr. 3) is scheduled for Saturday. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for January 28, 2021.
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Race 1 is a 6-furlong event worth $32,000 on the dirt. Seven horses are scheduled to run, with Warfront Fighter and Joycee Haz Pizzaz potentially getting into a duel deep in the stretch. Warfront Fighter is winless in 11 races but could be set to strike on Thursday afternoon in Queens. He ran the best race of his career on New Year’s Eve.
After struggling to get into the top-3 in ten straight races, Warfront Fighter finally broke through to place 2nd behind Mucho Sunshine by a head in a $32,000 assignment. Warfront Fighter didn’t drop class from the previous race, where he finished 4th. If Warfront Fight is in the same form as his most recent outing, look for a chance of moving up to the winner’s circle on Thursday.
Joycee Haz Pizzaz has been the more consistent runner, and has a good chance of finishing near the front as well. He has been in the top-3 in three of six races in his career. Joycee Haz Pizzaz has gone 2nd, 3rd, DNF in his previous three outings. He placed 2nd on November 8 in a much tougher assignment at $44,400.
Then Joycee Haz Pizzaz came back to show 3rd in a $42,800 event. In his most recent assignment, Joycee Haz Pizzaz was pulled out of the race after his jockey lost his whip. This is far easier than Joycee Haz Pizzaz has experienced in the past. Anything less than a win in this event would be a disappointment for No. 7.
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We will move to Race 4 at Aqueduct, which is a 6-furlong event for a $28,000 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to participate, with Queen’s Mason and Pinky Dude on my watchlist. Queen’s Mason hasn’t had success recently, but could easily get back into spring form on Wednesday. He won back-to-back races in June, and then fell off, going 4th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 4th in his next five performances.
Queen’s Mason finished 4th in his most recent performance in a $28,000 event on January 23. Since then, Queen’s Mason completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 50.22 seconds. This is the same class, but I have to expect a better run against weaker competition on Thursday. That said, Pinky Dude should give Queen’s Mason a big fight in the stretch run. Pinky Dude is 2 for 11 and is in the best form at the moment in the Race 4 field.
Pinky Dude has some stakes experience, but better suited down in this class. He has gone 2nd, 3rd, 1st in his previous three trips. In his latest outing on December 18, Pinky Dude cleared the field by 6 lengths in a $28,000 race. Much too easy for Pinky Dude, with a 2 length lead at the top of stretch and then built on that. This should be a bit tougher, but Pinky Dude can win again.