VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Betting Tools

At the Gate - Thursday
Post positions for the final two major Derby preps were drawn on Wednesday and we have a couple of really good betting races to look forward to on Saturday.
The Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby drew a field of ten led by the Bob Baffert trained War Academy, who is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The colt was fourth in the Grade 2 San Vicente and then beat first level optional claimers in his last start with a 99 Beyer.
The race is worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers, with second choice Oxbow (5-2) currently the highest in points with 36, which currently is good for 13th place in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series standings.
That total probably will be enough to get into the Derby field, but for the rest of the field, a first or second place finish is the only way for the connections to think about heading to Louisville on the first Saturday of May.
Oxbow drew the 10 post for the third race in a row. The colt was beaten a head be stablemate Will Take Charge last out in the Grade 2 Rebel.
The Grade 1 $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass drew 15, while 14 will go to the gate. The 7-2 morning line favorite is The Mark Casse trained Uncaptured, who finished second in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 23, which was his three year old debut.  The colt leads the field in Derby points with 30 and likely will need a top four finish to earn a spot in the Derby starting gate.
Java’s War is next in line in points with 22, coming off a runner up finish in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby behind the undefeated Verrazano.
The toughest read in the field may be Rydilluc (4-1) who is the co-second choice on the morning line. The colt is perfect in his last three starts, all on turf. He won the Grade 3 Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park on March 3 in his last outing.
I will have selections and analysis for both races in Saturday’s Best Plays Report.
Click here to purchase my full card report for Aqueduct for Thursday.
Purchase my Monthly Package and receive an entire month of Aqueduct/Belmont Park action, my weekend Keeneland and Best Plays Reports, and my Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day reports for just $99.95.
Here is today’s opening from Aqueduct to get the day off to a good start:
AQU Race 1 Clm $12,500B (12:50 ET)
2 Think I'm Hooked   5-2
3 Bizarroworld   4-1
6 Summer Revival   3-1
1 In Todd We Trust / 1a Chics Palace   7-2
Analysis: Think I'm Hooked stalked the early pace and made a mild late rally to finish third last out at this level and is now 0 for 2 since the Ness barn claimed this guy three back. The runner up in his last outing was Ambassador Ridge, who came back to beat $12,500 non-winners of two in his next outing on March 30. The gelding owns a solid pace profile throughout and while Morales has been the go-to guy for Ness I don't mind this jock switch to Castellano.
Bizarroworld set the early fractions and could not hold off the winner late in a runner up finish at this level last out. The gelding caught a racing strip that was not kind to speed and was playing to outside stalkers and closers that day. The beaten favorite last out, the 4-1 morning line looks more than fair in this spot. The gelding owns the top last out speed fig and he owns solid early and mid pace numbers.
WIN: #2 to win at 2-1 or better.
EX: 2,3 / 1,2,3,6
TRI: 2,3 / 1,2,3,6 / 1,2,3,6,7
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Aqueduct:
AQU Race 7 OClm $35,000N2X (3:56 ET)
2 Cinematize   2-1
4 Golden Galaxy   4-1
1 Gambling Geraldine   5-2
5 True Fortune    6-1
Analysis: Cinematize stalked the early pace from the rail and made up some ground late in a good effort in a runner up finish at this level over a wet inner track. The filly comes in here off back to back wins at the level after passing her first state bred condition three back in her third try. She owns a solid pace profile throughout and is in good hands with the Tony D. barn.
Golden Galaxy took the field gate to wire last out to beat state bred Alw-1 optional claimers, drawing off to win by 6 1/2 lengths as the 6-5 chalk. The mare was claimed out of the race by the Jacobson barn that is 26% winners first off the claim. Two back she ran a game second Vicki's Dancer, who came back to beat state bred Alw-2 foes in her next outing on March 20. She owns solid early and mid pace numbers but there is plenty of speed in here to keep her company early.
WIN: #2 to win at 9-5 or better.
EX: 2,4 / 1,2,4,5
TRI: 2,4 / 1,2,4,5 / 1,2,4,5,7
Live Longshots:
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
R2: #3 Mister Woolman   8-1
R6: #9 Maintain the Magic   10-1
Good luck today!

Dempsey: At the Gate - Thursday
News: 2018 Pegasus WC Odds
News: 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds
Mourinho wins Smarty Jones at Oaklawn
Wood Memorial boosts upcoming purse
Thoroughbred group to be honored
Horse tests positive for equine herpes
HOFer who trained Alysheba, dies
Jolley, 2-time KD-winning trainer, dies
Mike Dempsey Mike covers the New York racing circuit (Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga) year round as well as Keeneland, Churchill Downs, the Triple Crown, and the Breeders' Cup.
The 2015 Triple Crown saw Mike correctly predict American Pharoah to win both the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Mike nailed the Exacta and Trifecta in the Belmont Stakes.

Mike had a solid 2014 Triple Crown race season, correctly picking the winning horse in 2 of 3 races. He selected I'll Have another to win The Preakness, and nailed Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes as his top pick.

Mike also had past succes in the Kentucky Derby, winning with Animal Kingdom in 2011 and rode his top picks, Super Saver and Street Sense, to the finish line in 2010 and 2007 respectively.

No handicapper in the industry works harder to bring you analysis that produces profits at the track!

Mike's Reports include his selections, detailed analysis, a fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for the entire card.

Join Mike daily with top picks from Aqueduct. Breeders' Cup-->. You can also get his Weekend Best Plays Report in his Multi-Track package or sit at the track with him for 30 Days with his Monthly Horse Package!
Jerry Sessa Jerry "Shots" Sessa has been involved in horse racing for over 30 years. He now brings his meticulous handicapping style to When Jerry posts picks you are getting his best bets...when you win, he wins.
Jerry opened the 2016 Triple Crown season by hitting his Derby Day best bet, Nyquist. He also nailed the Derby exacta for a $30.60 payout. On 4/16/16 at Keeneland, Jerry hit an $819 exacta that led to a $38k Trifecta & a $300k Super.

In the 2015 Belmont Stakes Jerry dominated races 8-11 by hitting a $4,400 Pick 4, 3 Daily Doubles, 2 Pick 3's and calling American Pharoah as the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

Jerry is always looking to repeat his 2012 Triple Crown success, when he selected the winning horses for The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes.

Jerry looks forward to working with everyone and making money for anyone who invests in his picks on a daily basis.

Join Jerry daily with picks from Aqueduct and Del Mar or choose a package that contains selections from Multiple Tracks for the LOW PRICE of $19.95! Or better yet, how about 30 Days of horse racing picks with his Monthly Racing Package for ONLY $99.95!
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership