Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:51 AM

Sunday's Picks from Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park

Hot Rod Charlie stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (G1) with an impressive victory in yesterday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds.

The colt was making his second start in 2021, a close up third in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) back in January his first outing of the year. The colt was beaten just three-quarters of a length in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in a runner up finish at odds of 94-1.

He went off much shorter at Fair Grounds, returning his backers $7.70. The colt was my third choice and along with my fourth choice Midnight Bourbon, the pair combined for a $56.40 exacta.

My top pick was Proxy who I thought would be able to turn the tables on the betting favorite Mandaloun, which he did, but it was only good enough for a fourth-place finish.

Things on the Derby trail heat up next week with the Florida Derby, UAE Derby and the Jeff Ruby on tap.

You can stream the action from Aqueduct today on YouTube or by using the TVG App. The horse betting company based in the U.S. is offering a 50% deposit match up to $250 .  In addition, AmWager is offering up to a $500 bonus for new horseplayers.

My Best Plays Report for Sunday includes my nine strongest plays from Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Here is the opener from Aqueduct to get the day off to a good start:


Race 1 Md Sp Wt

  • #5 Voice of Spring 7-2
  • #1 Moon Sweeper 3-1
  • #3 La Kara Mia 9-5
  • #2 Lucky Girl 5-2

Analysis: Voice of Spring showed some promise in her debut last June where she rallied to finish fourth at Belmont Park. She then was fifth in the slop and put on the bench. She returned in January where she caught a muddy track where she trailed while saving ground along a dead rail and was not a threat in a sixth-place finish. She stretches out to a mile here for the Rice barn that is 20% winners moving runners from sprint to route. She should be tighter here and catches a soft spot.

Moon Sweeperd made a mild late rally to finish in the runner up spot last out in a race three of these exited. The winner was Bank Sting who came back to beat state bred Alw-1 foes in her next outing and the fifth-place finisher Vienna Code was s a next out grad on March 7 here at the maiden special weight level. Her first two starts came on turf and shew looks as if she still may have some upside. She is out of an Eddington mare that ash dropped six other runners with four winners. She has enough pedigree to handle her first trip at a mile.


Race 5 OClm $40,000N2X

  • #1 Baby Boss 9-5
  • #2 My Roxy Girl 5-2
  • #5 Impazible Donna 3-1
  • #4 Quality Stones 10-

Analysis: Baby Boss prompted the early pace while down along a dull inside and weakened to finish fifth last out at this level. The third-place finisher Ruvies in Time came back to win at this level in her next outing on Feb. 26. The mare was claimed out of her last start by the RRod barn that is 25% winners first off the claim. Two back while in the Ness barn she was a good second at this level behind repeat winner Awesome Debate, who returned to beat open Alw-1 company in her next outing on Feb. 12. She owns a solid pace profile throughout and looks capable of better than she produced in her last effort.

My Roxy Girl prompted the early pace and weakened to finish fourth last out at this level, beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Awesome Debate. Baker claimed this gal three back out of a runner up finish at this level. She was then outrun in the state bred Iroquois and then was third going a mile at this condition. She looks as if she is getting back on track here. She returns off a 2 1/2-month break and she fits well in this spot.


Race 6 Clm $35,000

  • #1 Jeha 9-2
  • #2 Chao 7-2
  • #8 Mister Leonardo 3-1
  • #7 Uncle Fun 6-1

Analysis: Jeha stalked the early pace while saving ground and finished evenly in a fourth-place finish last out for this tag, beaten 1 3/4 lengths for the top spot. The colt beat $32,000 starter optional claimers on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs two back. The colt was claimed out of his last outing by the Joseph barn that is 26% winners first off the claim. He does not need to move forward much off his last pair to be a major threat here for a sharp barn.

Chao makes his second start off the claim by Maker who took this guy for $50,000 out of a solid runner up finish over the grass here at a mile. Last out over good ground against $50,000 starter optional claimer the colt stalked the early pace and did not have enough punch left in the stretch in sixth place finish, beaten four lengths. He drops into a slightly softer spot here and picks up Castellano. He looks as if he still has some room for improvement on firmer ground in his second start for Maker.


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 wager.


  • R3: #3 First Dawn 10-1
  • R5: #4 Quality Stones 10-1
  • R6: #6 Poncho Song 8-1
  • R7: #5 Foley Square 10-1
  • R8: #5 Flirtatious Kiss 8-1

Good luck today!

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