Sunday is action packed for NFL and horse handicappers. We have a full slate of NFL action, and horse racing continues on Sunday with eight cards available for betting at BetOnline. That’s more than enough of a sample size to try to find some winners on the racetrack. Some of the big boys are racing on Sunday, including Del Mar, Churchill Downs, and Aqueduct. We have you covered at Churchill Downs with three picks, and hope to find some winning horses at Aqueduct Racetrack as well on Sunday afternoon.
Aqueduct Racetrack has a couple of stakes races on the card today. The running of two New York Stallion Series races will take place for $100,000. There are eight other events on the card worth a total of $618,000 in prize money. Head below for our free Aqueduct Racetrack picks for November 22, 2020.
Race 3 – New York Stallion Series Stakes
Post Time: 12:50 p.m. EST
In the first of two New York Stallion Series Stakes races, five horses are scheduled to run 7 furlongs on the dirt. Funny Guy and My Boy Tate are going to be worth watching in Race 3. My Boy Tate is 7 for 18 in his career with three straight performances in the top-3, including a win in his most recent race on September 23. He beat Infuriated by 5 ½ lengths for a $45,000 purse in the win. This was after placing 2nd in the $85,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes behind Stan the Man by 1 ½ lengths.
My Boy Tate won the New York Stallion Series Stakes last year on November 24. That was a $150,000 win by 1 ¾ lengths for My Boy Tate, who looked really good that day. It was the best effort of his career. However, since then, My Boy Tate has gone 5th, 2nd, 8th, 3rd, 2nd in stakes races. Close a few times, but hasn’t been able to get back to the same form. He stands a decent chance of repeating as winner of this race, though.
Funny Guy is 5 for 15 in his career and has been pressed into duty against much tougher competition in his career. He has graded experiences, with outings in a Grade 3, Grade 2, and Grade 1 race. In his most recent, Funny Guy placed 2nd in the $150,000 Vosburgh Stakes (Gr. 2) behind Firenze Fire by 2 ¾ lengths at 6 furlongs.
In his previous five assignments, Funny Guy has finished 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 4th in his career. His last outing was for $175,000 in the Empire Classic Handicap. While he finished 4th, it was a bad luck start for Funny Guy as he stumbled and fell out of favor. Funny Guy was expected to be near the front at the wire, and likely would have without the bobble. He’s down in class today for a $100,000 race and should run with a good chance of winning.
Post Time: 1:45 p.m. EST
Race 5 is for a $70,000 purse in this maiden special weight event. We have an inexperienced field in Race 5. Two horses are making their debuts on Sunday, while five have only appeared in one race. The horses that have run haven’t shown too much. Tangerine Dream has the most experience in the event with three outings on her resume.
She has finished 3rd, 8th, 6th in her career, with her first taking place on August 28 for a $62,000 purse. Tangerine Dream earned show money to finish 3rd behind Violentiam by 1 ½ lengths. In her most recent outing, Tangerine Dream finished 6th on November 6 in a $70,000 event. Note that Tangerine Dream has been showing good form in workouts, with times of 48.20 and 48.30 seconds at 4 furlongs. She was a $115,000 purchase, so expectations are there, but nothing as translated on the track so far.
Brattle House is making a much anticipated debut on Sunday. This is a $775,000 horse expected to compete for some big time purses. The intention is to use this $70,000 assignment as a warm up and test of sorts. If she runs how her connections are expecting, then it’s likely she goes up soon for a bigger purse. The goal for a $775,000 horse is to compete in graded events, not waste time with $70,000 purses. Sometimes things don’t always work out, though. In any case, it looks like a good idea to put support behind Brattle House as a first-time runner on Sunday.
Race 9 – New York Stallion Series Stakes
Post Time: 3:45 p.m. EST
The second $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes race on Sunday is another $100,000 event across 7 furlongs on the dirt track. In this co-feature event, I think we’re looking at Prairie Fire and Officer Hutchy in the stretch run. Officer Hutchy is 4 for 9 in her career and has had plenty of success. She just recently returned to the track after a year off the grid. The New York Stallion Series Stakes is where she was two races ago on September 4, 2019.
That was a win for Officer Hutchy, as she beat Spin a Yarn by a half length. Following the win for a $100,000 purse, Officer Hutchy went on a lengthy hiatus. Officer Hutchy reappeared recently on October 24 at Belmont Park in the $125,000 Iroquois Stakes (Black Type). She didn’t run as well and had to settle for 4th. However, with the rust shaken off in that outing, perhaps we see better form out of her on Sunday. Prairie Fire also participated in the race and finished ahead of Officer Hutchy by 2 lengths and a neck.
Prairie Fire is 5 for 16 in her career with three straight performances in the top-2. She finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd in those races, with the win taking place on September 18 for a $59,000 purse. Prairie Fire defeated Good Credence by 3 ½ lengths. She followed up to place 2nd in back-to-back entries, including the event she beat Officer Hutchy in. If she runs in similar form, then a win should be close for Prairie Fire.