Seven tracks are being offered for wagering at BetOnline on Thursday. We have a couple of evening racecourses with events at Charles Town and Turfway Park. Aqueduct Racetrack is the biggest racecourse in action today in New York. Gulfstream Park is also a notable racetrack with a card on Thursday. The biggest race of January will take place at Gulfstream Park later in the month. The invite only 2021 Pegasus World Cup is scheduled for January 28 at Gulfstream Park. A purse of $3,000,000 is available, and is a prep race for the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup. The entire card comes with a whopping pool of just over $30,000,000. It towers over the previous richest horse races in the world, the Dubai World Cup.
We will get started on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Aqueduct has eight races for a total of $415,000 in prize money. For a non-stakes day, that’s not a bad payday on Thursday. We will have more horse racing picks for today available at the horse racing page. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for January 7, 2021.
Post Time: 1:20 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 is our first selection at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday afternoon. This event covers 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $74,000 purse. The Caretaker and Big Mountain are solid prospects to get the win in this event. Big Mountain is in search of a hat-trick after wins on November 13 and December 3.
Big Mountain beat Square Shooter by 3 lengths for a $39,000 purse, and then returned in December for another win, this time by ¾ lengths over Durkin’s Call for a $44,000 purse. Big Mountain took over the lead at the ¾ pole and held on in the stretch. This race is a significant hike in class for Big Mountain, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle it. If his form holds, then he should run close. The Caretaker has been in terrific form and the most consistent out of this group.
Since June of 2019, The Caretaker has finished in the top-3 in 11 of 13 races, and in 10 of 13 races the top-2. In his last win, The Caretaker won by a neck over Kazmania by a neck for a $60,000 purse. In his most recent outing, he placed 2nd behind Seven Lillies by a nose for a $50,000 purse. He’s the only horse in this race that has competed at such a level and had some success. I will take a chance with the runner from the outside.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
A mile will decide a mile of racing on the main track. Nine runners are signed up to participate in the race. Prince of Caps and Corkman are expected to run and run well. Prince of Caps is winless in seven-career races, placing once on June 5. In that outing, Prince of Caps placed 2nd behind Idle Time by a half length in a $39,000 event.
Since then, he’s gone 4th in three straight performances. In his most recent, Prince of Caps finished 4th for a $43,000 prize. He drops down in class and should have a solid go of it for the top prize in this one against easier competition. Corkman is winless in six races and has been on a similar road as Prince of Caps.
Corkman has finished 4th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 2nd, 5th, so he’s placed 2nd once as well. In that race, Corkman placed 2nd behind Judicial Restraint by a nose for a $42,000 purse on August 27. He followed up on December 10 in a $80,000 event for 5th. That was too tough, but the experience was beneficial. Corkman should be able to get there just before Prince of Caps.
Post Time: 3:50 p.m. EST
The feature race at Aqueduct Racetrack comes with a handsome purse of $88,000. A mile of racing on the dirt will settle things. Someday Jones and Looking At Bikinis should battle in this one for the top spot in the stretch. Someday Jones is 12 for 32 in his career, and top-3 in 9 of 11 races leading up to today.
Several of those were stakes races, but the $250,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (Gr. 3) was the one where Someday Jones didn’t belong on October 2. Since then, Someday Jones finished 1st by a nose over Malibu Pro in a $60,000 event. Most recently, Someday Jones showed 3rd on December 20 in a $84,000 event. Looking At Bikinis is 3 for 8 with experience in a couple of Grade 1 races.
In his most recent Grade 1 outing, Looking At Bikinis was 4th on December 7 in the $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap. Looking At Bikinis came back to finish 5th and 4th. In his most recent outing, he finished 4th in a $92,000 event. Disappointing run by the favorite, but this should be easier for Looking At Bikinis. The $240,000 Looking at Bikinis should be expected to do well here.