We are off and running at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens on Sunday afternoon. There is a big slate of racing at the BetOnline Racebook. BetOnline has a total of nine racecourses operating on Sunday throughout the US. You can also find harness racing, and of course international tracks overseas if you need more horse racing action. Feel free to play the board or pick your spots. I have a few picks at Sam Houston Race Park that might interest you on Sunday.
Sam Houston is the leader for stakes racing today. There is over $1,000,000 in prize money available there, with the running of the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic (Gr. 3) the biggest event in the US this weekend. Aqueduct Racetrack has one stakes race worth $100,000. The running of the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes is scheduled to take place, which is the only stakes race outside of Sam Houston. Aqueduct Racetrack is expected to have nine races on the schedule worth a total of $573,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for January 31, 2021.
Post Time: 12:20 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ⅛ Miles
We will get going at Aqueduct Racetrack with a $80,000 event on the dirt. Nepotism and Al’s Prince have to be considered to get into the winner’s circle on Sunday afternoon. Nepotism is winless in two outings, but appeared to be in good form in both. He placed 2nd behind Highway Bound by 1 ¾ lengths in a $80,000 event on October 30.
Nepotism wasn’t able to do as well in the next performance, but was still sharp to show 3rd in another $80,000 assignment. He should do well on Sunday in this out. Nepotism has been looking strong in morning workouts in January, with a time of 49, 48.68, and 48.44 seconds. Expect Nepotism to run close in this race. Al’s Prince has finished 4th and 2nd in his career.
After 4th as a first-time runner, he came back on January 8 to place 2nd behind Carillo by 2 ¾ lengths in a $80,000 assignment. He looked great in a recent workout leading up to Sunday. Al’s Prince was clocked at 1:00.00 at 4 furlongs on January 25. Al’s Prince is expected to have a productive career. He was purchased for $110,000 this past March at auction. A win should be within reach for Al’s Prince if he’s interested in running.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
Race 4 is a 7-furlong event for a $43,000 purse. Bourbon Rising and Democratic Values are likely going to be hot contenders to score the top prize in Race 4. Bourbon Rising has finished 4th, 4th, 6th, 3rd, 6th in five races in his career.
In his best performance to date, Bourbon Rising showed 3rd in a $43,000 assignment. He was hoping to build on that race, but Bourbon Rising faded back to 6th in his next outing. That was in a $80,000 race, so expect Bourbon Rising to get back into the top-3 on Sunday afternoon in this event.
Democratic Values will certainly press Bourbon Rising for the top prize in this one. Democratic Values is winless in four outings, but has been picking up steam and placed in two out of four entries. He is coming off a strong outing on January 2, placing 2nd behind Knockout Punch by ¾ lengths for a $43,000 purse. He also placed 2nd in an outing on September 2 for a $72,000 purse.
Democratic Values was up against a very strong horse in Nashville in that race. Keeping up with a horse of that stature wasn’t going to happen. However, against this field on Sunday, you have to like the chances for Democratic Values to get a win. This is a $475,000 horse that hasn’t lived up to expectations yet, but should be able to string versus this competition.
Race 8 – Jimmy Winkfield Stakes
Post Time: 3:50 p.m. EST
The running of the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes is the feature race at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon. This event is for a $100,000 purse, covering 7 furlongs on the dirt. It’s a small field of five horses, but a couple of strong runners that should have their say in the stretch. Hello Hot Rod and Weyburn should be there at the wire.
Hello Hot Rod is coupled in this race, though I wouldn’t put much stock in Scotch Rock’s. He’s going to need an upset to win it for his team. It’s likely that Hello Hot Rod can score a win in this one, but Weyburn will offer resistance. Weyburn has finished 5th, 2nd, 1st in his career.
He placed 2nd on November 14 in a $80,000 assignment, and then responded on December 5 with a winning run. Weyburn defeated Officiating by 1 ½ lengths in a $80,000 race. Weyburn looked good in the morning, with times of 1:00.10 at 5 furlongs and 36.03 seconds at 3 furlongs. Hello Hot Rod finished 2nd, 1st, 1st going into Sunday.
As a first-time runner, he placed 2nd behind Doubleoseven by a neck in a $44,121 event on October 30. Hello Hot Rod did one better in his next two entries, with a 4 ¼ length win for a $40,590 purse. Then he returned on December 13 to beat Shackqueenking by 2 ¼ lengths for a $53,508 prize. Those were much too easy for Hello Hot Rod. He will face better competition today, but see this being the same story on Sunday, with Hello Hot Rod completing the hat-trick bid.