Horse Racing picks at Aqueduct race track on Saturday, December 18: Happy returns on Happy Medium

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There is plenty of great horse racing action to look forward to across America on Saturday, including at Aqueduct race track. We have been in fine form with our picks, up 203.25 units dating back to Aug. 5. Let’s maintain the momentum!

Here are four runners whom we expected to have a leg up on the rest of the competition. It’s time to dive in and discuss these potentially profitable plays.

12:20 pm Aqueduct (Race 1) – Matt Doyle 3/1

Shown ability in all three starts to date including when placed twice at this level this autumn. Most recent of those placed efforts came when finishing third having raced close to the pace over seven furlongs at this venue last month. Weakened late on that day but delivered a solid four furlong breeze when clocking 48.27 at Belmont Park earlier this month and coming into this in good heart looks capable of getting off the mark at the fourth attempt.

1:18 pm Aqueduct (Race 3) – St. Lukes 8/5

Rudy Rodriguez’s charge caught the eye when finishing third in a six runner maiden special weight contest at Saratoga when making his debut in August. Was ridden from off the pace on that occasion but failed to back that up when changing tactics prior to fading when seventh over a mile-and-one-sixteenth at Belmont Park the following month. Dropping slightly in trip he looks capable of getting off the mark following a 50.17 four furlong breeze at Belmont Park.

1:43 pm Aqueduct (Race 4) – Happy Medium 1/1

Followed up a debut third at this venue in March with two victories for trainer Michelle Nevin. Made all when delivering a big speed figure in winning by a wide margin over six furlongs at Belmont Park at the end of September and duly followed up in the style of a likely stakes performer when scoring by five lengths over this course and distance last month. Has drawn the rail here and looks up to completing a hat-trick.

2:11 pm Aqueduct (Race 5) – Bold Journey 1/1

Delivered a good length second behind an all the way winner when making his debut in a maiden special weight over this six furlong distance here last month. The front two pulled five-and-a-half-lengths clear of their rivals that day and the selection hails from a leading stable in that of Bill Mott. Given he is likely to have improved for that debut experience he can break his maiden at the second attempt with Jose Ortiz taking over in the saddle.

3:37 pm Aqueduct (Race 8) – Morning Matcha 8/5

Placed in a minor stakes contest at Presque Isle Downs three starts back and has won both subsequent starts including when breaking her maiden in a Parx maiden special weight over six-and-one-half-furlongs when racing from off the pace. Raced closer to the speed when taking an allowance optional claimer upped to a mile at the same venue subsequently and looks up to completing a hat-trick with the drop in trip no issue on her return to stakes company.

Exotic

Early Pick 3

Race 1 – 1, 4
Race 2 – 6, 7
Race 3 – 3, 5
Stake – $2.00
Total Stake – $16.00

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