3 Late Winners and Picks at the Big A Saturday
The New York Racing Association’s Claiming Championship Series is set for Saturday, April 2 at Aqueduct. We’ve chipped in with a some picks in the late races for those that miss out on the early betting action or the $250,000 guarantee late Pick 4 starting with Race 7 and wish to wager online at Twinspires.com.
Favorite bettors will like our support of Toledo Eddie (7/5) in the Race 7 Stud Muffin Stakes. He’ll shoot for his fourth straight victory in the mile race after winning a 1 1/16 mile claimer against stronger at Santa Anita March 6. Toledo Eddie recorded a best Beyer Speed Figure of 106 in that race and went wire-to-wire while getting clear by 12 lengths in the stretch. Anything similar is plenty good enough here.
Race 8 is the Sis City Stakes and another top choice favorite to support with the versatile Can Can Babe (4/5) also looking to make it four in a row with her last win January 31 at Santa Anita. She too went wire-to-wire to beat five rivals at a mile as the even money favorite. The dark bay crossed over leaving the gate and dueled outside the backstretch and far turn before battling down the stretch to inch away late. She worked lightly at Belmont Park three times the end of March and will again be on the front end as the controlling speed of the race.
We’ll conclude our late day racing at Aqueduct with a value play of the day on #6 Winning For Sarah (10-1) in Race 10, the Karakorum Elektra Stakes. She’ll have to beat 5/2 favorite Stroke Play and come off the pace to track down Nuffsaid Nuffsaid and Brenda’s Way who will battle on the front end. But Winning For Sarah enters off back-to-back wins at Gulfstream, the latest March 10 at 14-1 odds when she angled out in the lane and closed hard for the win. She’s in the best form of her career, and her speed figures have gone up each of the last three races a total of 10 points each race. That’s significant speed improvement to support at a price.
Post time for Race 1 on Saturday, April 2 at Aqueduct is 1:20 p.m. ET with Race 7 scheduled for 4:38 ET.