We have another full day of horse racing action, with 12 race tracks open for wagering at BetOnline. There isn’t much for stakes racing on Sunday after the running of the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (Gr. 1) at Fair Grounds. Hot Rod Charlie won the top prize out of the million dollar purse, along with 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
That’s good for a spot in the Kentucky Derby. I don’t know if Hot Rod Charlie has what it takes to win the Derby, but is in good form at the moment and could continue to improve. The next prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is on March 27 with three 170-point events at Turfway Park, Gulfstream Park, and in Dubai at Meydan Racecourse.
Aqueduct Racetrack has eight races on the card with a total of $433,000 in prize money available in Queens. You can find more horse racing picks on our Laurel Park page for Sunday. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for March 21, 2021.
Post Time: 1:50 p.m. EST
Race 2 covers 6 furlongs on the main track for a $22,000 purse. Seven horses are expected to arrive at the gate to run in this race. Earned Success and Macho Jack should have a strong presence in the stretch here.
Earned Success is 6 for 21 in his career, and has been in consistent form since around July. He’s finished top-3 in seven of his previous nine outings. In his most recent win, Earned Success beat Vicar’s Legend by a nose for a $28,000 purse.
He is looking to get back to the winner’s circle since that November 21 win. He’s gone 4th, 3rd, 5th since. In his most recent attempt, Earned Success finished 5th in a $35,000 event on February 20. The class drop to $22,000 should assist Earned Success in getting back on track.
Macho Jack is 3 for 9 in his career and coming off a solid performance on February 20. The $155,000 horse found his way back into the winner’s circle after dropping classes. He beat Tapizerance by ¾ lengths in a $28,000 race. Macho Jack is sliding down to a winnable $22,000 race on Sunday. I’d consider Macho Jack for the win.
Post Time: 3:52 p.m. EST
We have seven horses competing for a $55,000 purse on the dirt in this mile assignment. A look at Funny Bones Flag and Did I Stutter on the inside gives us shortlist claims. Funny Bones Flag has finished top-3 in all four races in her career. She has finished top-2 in three straight going into Sunday.
In her most recent outing, Funny Bones Flag found the winner’s circle for the first time in her career. She continues to show improvement and was rewarded for it on February 19. Funny Bones Flag cleared Calidad with ease for a 6 ½ length win at the $43,000 level.
She is going to face a class jump today, but should come close with a chance for a win if she continues to improve on her last performance. Funny Bones Flag should be tested by Did I Stutter, who will be lining right up next to her in the starting gate.
Did I Stutter is in the best form of her career at the moment and could be ready for a hat-trick. She is coming off back-to-back wins on February 15 and February 25. Did I Stutter was a winner in the first win over Bastet by 2 lengths in a $43,000 event.
She followed up less than two weeks later for a 2 ¾ length win in a $45,000 race. The Ontario bred Did I Stutter is running in nice form currently and stands a better than 9/5 chance of striking the wire first. She might have to fight and battle for the win here over Funny Bones Flag and perhaps Fair Lassie, but Did I Stutter should have it in the end.
Post Time: 4:55 p.m. EST
Race 8 is the final race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday. Seven horses are scheduled to run in this one. Absolute Privilege and Tiny Magoo are the most likely winners to get the win and grab the top prize out of a $32,000 purse. Absolute Privilege has finished 8th, 9th, 2nd, 4th in her career. In the best attempt in her career so far, she placed 2nd behind Magnificent Mags by 3 ¼ lengths in a $33,000 purse.
That gave Absolute Privilege’s connections some confidence going forward, but she failed to do better in her next outing. Absolute Privilege finished 4th in a $43,000 event, so she was testing herself in a tougher event after placing for the first time. This filly was purchased for $3,174 in 2018, so there were zero expectations going into her career. The fact she’s running in this class competitively is a win for a horse that cost less than $5,000.
Tiny Magoo has raced at Belmont Park, Saratoga, and Aqueduct in her career. She’s ran in some tough events, and will see the easiest assignment on Sunday. Tiny Magoo has finished 2nd, 5th, 3rd, 6th, 5th, 6th, 2nd seven events. In her most recent showing, Tiny Magoo placed 2nd behind Vitanza by a nose. That was close and she was nipped at the wire after leading in the stretch. If she runs like that again, no concerns should be made regarding a win. I’m hoping that the final odds at post time move down from the morning-line, but Tiny Magoo is the one to beat in Race 8.