Another day and another horse racing day in the US. This is one sport that never sleeps. Horse racing keeps on pressing regardless of what’s going on. The only thing that’s slowed some tracks is the hammer of local government officials. Golden Gate Fields was the most recent racecourse ordered to close for at least two weeks.
There was an outbreak, and as a result of a recent spike in that outbreak, the track will continue to be suspended through November. California has been the strictest state regarding this, already suspending Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate earlier in the year. A place like Florida is going to encourage the racing continues, though. Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West have powered right through the pandemic.
BetOnline has 11 thoroughbred racetracks available for wagering on Friday. There are also a group of harness racing courses open for betting. Yonkers in New York and Mohawk in Toronto are the two that I’m most familiar with. While I don’t regularly bet harness racing, also known as trotting in the UK, I’ve had success betting it in the past. If there is something I really like, I will be sure to have picks up at TheSportsGeek. For Friday, we’re back at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. With 7/2 Gone Glimmering winning yesterday, a split was enough for a profit at Aqueduct on Thursday. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for November 20, 2020.
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Aqueduct begins racing around noon eastern, so be sure to get your selections in on time for the early events. Race 1 carries a $43,000 purse for 6 furlongs on the dirt. Tap the Barrel and Well Kept Secret are worth watching in this one. Tap the Barrel hasn’t lived up to expectations yet, but she has the talent to run much better. In her first two races, Tap the Barrel has finished 6th and a DNF. In her first appearance, she finished 6th on October 2 in a $51,000 event.
Tap the Barrel was unable to finish her next race on October 21 in a $32,500 event. Tap the Barrel clipped her heels and stumbled, so went to the backside immediately after. Note that Tap the Barrel was running well at that point, though. She was 2nd at the ½ pole and driving. A bad break erased the promising start for Tap the Barrel. If Tap the Barrel runs how she was up to the ½ pole, then a win could be within reach.
Well Kept Secret was 6th in her debut as well. She finished 6th on October 9 at Belmont Park in a $63,000 assignment. Too tough for Well Kept Secret, but she responded with a better finish on October 30 to place 2nd behind Lucky Sitka by a half length in a $48,000 event. She was game, but came up short after leading from the gate going into the stretch. Well Kept Secret takes a slight slide down to a $43,000 race for Friday. She stands a good chance of winning this.
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Race 4 runs for 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $50,000 purse. Releasethethunder and McErin are shortlisters to keep an eye on in Race 4. Releasethethunder is 3 for 18 in his career, with his most recent win on July 19 at Saratoga in a $54,000 outing. Since that performance, Releasethethunder has gone 5th, 9th, 2nd, 3rd.
In his last race, he showed 3rd in a $51,000 event for his last entry on October 17. He was the favorite, so I can’t say it was a positive showing for Releasethethunder. A month later, Releasethethunder will be back out on the track trying a $50,000 race. Releasethethunder is coming off a workout on November 8 with a time of 48.45 seconds at 4 furlongs.
McErin is 3 for 18 in his career and is coming off a solid performance on October 29. He placed 2nd behind Vineyard Sound by a neck in a $55,000 performance. McErin had the lead from the gate going into the stretch, but was barely caught near the wire. It was still a good effort for McErin and he should find this assignment easier on Friday. I’m on McErin to edge away.
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Race 5 is one of the biggest races of the day at Aqueduct. This event comes with a $74,000 purse for 6 furlongs of racing on the turf. Mo Maverick and Freewheeler are expected to run strong in this one. Freewheeler is 2 for 6 in his career and has some stakes experience. He finished in the top-2 in four of six races, with his best performance in the $150,000 Futurity Stakes (Gr. 3) on October 6, 2019.
Freewheeler is fresh off a win on September 27 at Belmont Park. He won by 2 ¾ lengths over Veterans Beach for a $55,000 purse in that one. Mo Maverick is 7 for 23 in his career and has stakes experience as well. In fact, Mo Maverick has participated in 11 stakes events. Mo Maverick is 1st, 1st, 4th in his previous four performances.
He finished 4th in his last appearance on October 29 in a $88,000 assignment. Mo Maverick moves down in class to a $74,000 event following that effort. In his last win, Mo Maverick won a $70,000 event with ease by 5 lengths over Shiraz at Aqueduct Racetrack. Back down in a winning territory, expect the $200,000 Mo Maverick to find a win on Friday.