We are at Aqueduct in New York for the first time in their winter meet. They haven’t been racing for long, so you haven’t missed much at Aqueduct. Aqueduct is one of the two big tracks racing on Thursday afternoon, with Churchill Downs assuming the other spot as the most recognizable name. Aqueduct will have four stakes races over the weekend, with two on Saturday and two on Sunday. All four of the events are worth $100,000 each.
The stakes schedule is quiet over the next couple of weeks in the US. We won’t have a Grade 1 $500,000 race until November 27 at Churchill Downs in the running of the Clark Handicap (Gr. 1). The $250,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (Gr. 1) on December 5 will be the next Grade 1 race at Aqueduct. That’s the biggest race on the Aqueduct schedule for the rest of the year in 2020.
As far as Thursday is concerned, there are nine races on the docket for a total of $440,000 in prize money. We have three selections to dissect in New York on Thursday. Let’s get to it. Head below for our free Aqueduct picks for November 12, 2020.
Post Time: 12:20 p.m. EST
Race 1 gets the afternoon going at Aqueduct on Thursday afternoon. It’s one of the bigger races of the day in New York, though this isn’t the feature event. Race 1 covers 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $70,000 purse. Masked Marauder and Uno will make their presence felt in the stretch. Masked Marauder will be making the fourth race of his career on Thursday. The colt is looking for his first win after finishing 3rd, 2nd, 5th to open his career.
In his debut, Masked Marauder showed 3rd in a $62,000 event on September 4 at Saratoga. Masked Marauder followed up to place 2nd on September 26 in a $52,000 event at Belmont Park by 1 ¾ lengths behind Breadman. That effort prompted an entry into a stakes race on October 24 in the $150,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes (Black Type). Too tough, but I could have told you before he ran in that race.
Masked Marauder drops down to a $70,000 event on Thursday and should be involved in the stretch. Newcomer, Uno, is making his debut as a first-time runner for Todd Pletcher in this one. Uno was a $255,000 purchase this year and expected to be a winner in his career. He has looked good in the morning, with workout times of 48.79 and 49.11 seconds at 4 furlongs. If everything goes according to plan, Uno should have an impressive debut and win against this field.
Post Time: 3:17 p.m. EST
Race 7 has a $35,000 purse for 6 furlongs of racing on the main track. Eight horses are expected to participate in the event. Fox Red and Wegotoldyougotsold (I have no idea with some of these names), are expected to run strong races on Thursday afternoon. Wegotoldyougotsold is 4 for 16 in his career and looking for the first win since November 30, 2018.
He has gone winless in eight straight performances, and wasn’t in great form on October 1. Wegotoldyougotsold finished 6th in a $46,000 event on October 1 after going 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in his previous three efforts. That outing might have been just a bit too tough for him.
In prep work for today, Wegotoldyougotsold completed 4 furlongs in 49.94 seconds on November 1. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Wegotoldyougotsold in good form, and I’m not sure a class drop to a $35,000 race is going to help enough to win.
Fox Red is 5 for 23 in his career and in good form of late. He has finished in the top-3 in four straight performances, and is likely in for another bold bid on Thursday afternoon. Fox Red won two of those races on August 29 and October 4 at Monmouth Park.
In the first of those two wins, Fox Red won by 4 ¼ lengths over Doodle Hopper in a $24,800 event. In the other in October, Fox Red beat Nick the Cardshark by 2 ¾ lengths for a $27,625 purse. Fox Red should have what it takes to get to the winner’s circle again today.
Post Time: 3:47 p.m. EST
Distance:1 ⅛ Miles
One more selection for us at Aqueduct in New York on Thursday. We’re handicapping Race 8 in hopes of concluding the day with a win. This is the feature race on Thursday at Aqueduct. Dudley Square and Our Last Buck are on my watchlist going into Thursday. Dudley Square has gone 1st, DNF, 3rd, 4th in his career, so he’s been trending in the wrong direction, but could very well break out of the cold funk today.
He won on January 18 as a first-time runner in a $27,000 event by ¾ lengths. Dudley Square has been unable to follow up for another win, and has gone backwards instead. In his most recent appearance, Dudley Square finished 4th in his most recent entry on October 9 in a $65,000 event.
Dudley Square continues to inch up in class with hopes of different results. Something might click for him eventually, though. This horse was purchased for $375,000 and expected to be a winner. It hasn’t been evident yet, but recent workouts have been promising. He is worth keeping an eye on in this one. Our Last Buck should be a tough challenger for Dudley Square. Our Last Buck has gone 4 for 15 in his career with terrific form since March. He has gone 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in his previous five races and has momentum on his side.
He’s coming off a win on October 8 over Vintage Hollywood by a half length in a $59,000 event. Our Last Buck took the lead over at the ¾ pole by a head and was clear in the stretch. His workouts have been impressive, with a time of 47.40 seconds at 4 furlongs and 1:00.10 at 5 furlongs recently. A win should be within reaching distance for Our Last Buck.