We have another big Saturday on tap for horse racing across the country. You can find everything you are looking for at BetOnline with a huge card of 12 racecourses available for wagering. Whether you like playing the big name tracks, smaller, or the entire card, there is something for everyone today.
There is stakes racing scheduled at various facilities, including Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Oaklawn Park. Each track has a $200,000 stakes race, the biggest on Saturday in the US. That is nothing compared to what’s to come in February with the running of the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup.
It’s a big event that doesn’t get too much attention, probably because this is only the second edition, but it smashes the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in terms of prize money. That means absolutely nothing when it comes to handicapping, but it will be entertaining to see who the biggest winner is going to be in a single race.
I thought we’d see Authentic, but he was quickly pointed to retirement after winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He goes out as a winner, and recently was awarded the Horse of the Year award for three-year-old horses. The winner for fillies wasn’t much of a surprise either, as Swiss Skydiver easily won that award.
We’ll get started at Aqueduct in Queens on Saturday afternoon. Aqueduct Racetrack has nine races worth a total of $568,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for January 30, 2021.
Post Time: 12:20 p.m. EST
In our first selection at Aqueduct Racetrack, we’ll see what the first race of the day in Queens has in store on Saturday afternoon. Race 1 is a mile for a $70,000 purse, with six horses currently scheduled to run on the dirt. Epona’s Dream and Teetotaler should be considered contenders in this event.
Epona’s Dream is winless in two assignments, finishing 5th and 3rd in a couple of showings in her career. She was 5th as a first-time runner on December 11 in a $70,000 race, and then moved up to show 3rd as a sophomore on January 10. Epona’s Dream showed behind the leader by 5 ¼ lengths.
That was another $70,000 race and just as tough as the first. If Epona’s Dream continues to head in the right direction and improve, then a win seems reasonable on Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct. Teetotaler should give Epona’s Dream something to think about in this one.
Teetotaler is a two-time runner as well. She struggled in her first race, finishing 8th in a $70,000 event. However, Teetotaler came on strong following that effort to have a good go of it to place 2nd on December 20.
Teetotaler was a neck behind Chasing Cars, a heavy favorite and strong horse, so that was promising. This $500,000 horse should continue to get better from here. She has been sharp in workouts in January, completing 4 furlongs in 49.27, 49.63, and 49.46 seconds. I am riding with No. 5.
Post Time: 3:24 p.m. EST
Race 7 is a mile event for a $60,000 purse. Eight horses are scheduled to participate here, with Limonite and Malibu Pro closely watched in the markets. Both horses are in quality form right now and should run well. Malibu Pro is 9 for 48 in his career, and has been better than not since the summer months.
He has finished in the top-3 in seven of nine outings since June. Malibu Pro won two of those races, most recently on November 15 in his Aqueduct debut. Malibu Pro beat Control Group by 2 ½ lengths in a $55,000 event, but has been unable to follow through since that strong performance.
He placed 2nd behind Someday Jones by a nose in a $60,000 event on December 10. Unable to follow through, but still impressive. In his latest effort, Malibu Pro finished 4th in a $84,000 event. Sliding down in class, expect Malibu Pro to get close.
Limonite is a $100,000 horse that has stakes experience in his career. In his previous four outings overall, he’s finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 4th. Limonite won most recently at Churchill Downs in a $48,000 event over Space Mountain by a head.
It was a smooth race, with Limonite hitting his stride at the perfect moment in the stretch. He was unable to keep up for a $84,000 purse on December 20, doing as well as Malibu Pro did at that level for 4th. There should be a bit more value on Limonite at post time.
Post Time: 4:25 p.m. EST
Race 9 is our last look and the final race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday afternoon. This event covers a mile on the dirt for a $80,000 purse. Mystic Night and Clemenza should be involved in the stretch in this one. Mystic Night has finished 5th in the first two races in his career. He was 5th on October 15 as a rookie at Keeneland.
Mystic Night was slow early and never recovered in the $70,000 assignment. In his next outing, Mystic Night ran a different race, but finished the same in a $85,000 assignment for 5th. He started out well, but then was outkicked by his foes late. This is a $500,000 horse that shouldn’t be given up on easily.
Clemenza has finished 2nd, 5th, 2nd in his young career. He opened as a first-time runner on September 26 placing 2nd behind Acceptable Risk by 1 length in a $47,625 assignment. Clemenza looked good recently, placing 2nd behind Instinctive Rhythm by a length in a $80,000 race. That was terrific improvement in form. I would side with the only horse in this race to show that he can compete at this level.