Horse Racing picks for Aqueduct race track on Friday, December 2: The Empresses impress

On the Dirt

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Friday, including at Aqueduct race track. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time now and are up +228.42 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. Let’s keep it rolling!

Here are our best bets for today’s action at Aqueduct race track.

12:20 pm Aqueduct (Race 1) – Irish Empress 2/1 (2-star play)

Built on 3 promising maiden special weight efforts including when fourth over five-and-a-half-furlongs on turf at Saratoga in August when delivering a five-and-three-quarter-length third dropped to $40,000 maiden claiming company in a 6-furlong event here 2 weeks ago. Bumped at the start on that occasion the daughter of Classic Empire has been ridden from off the pace in her last 3 starts. Looks capable of providing trainer Natalia Lynch with a first victory at this meeting. 

12:50 pm Aqueduct (Race 2) – Laughter 4/5 (3-star play)

Demonstrated good form at this level in the past including when half-a-length second in a 6-furlong event on turf here in October. Dirt surface here is no issue having filled the same position in a similar race to this on his final start for previous trainer Roy S Lerman over 7 furlongs at the end of August. Looks up to scoring back maiden claiming company is a positive following a sixth in a maiden special weight here last time. 

1:46 pm Aqueduct (Race 4) – True Empress 8/5 (2-star play)

Registered a half-length victory in a $16,00 waiver claiming contest at this venue in September. Claimed following that effort and made the perfect start to her career with trainer Carlos F Martin when winning by two-and-three-quarter-lengths in a $25,000 claimer over six-and-a-half-furlongs here in October. Shaped like an improved performer that day and tackling starter allowance company for the first time she looks capable of completing a double back down to 6 furlongs with regular pilot Eric Cancel up.   

2:44 pm Aqueduct (Race 6) – Secret Love 9/5 (2-star play)

Showed good form in stakes company in recent times placing in that company in 2 of her last 3 starts including when beaten one-and-three-quarter-lengths over six-and-a-half-furlongs in the Iroquois Stakes here at the end of October. Comes into this event on the back of a 49.90 four furlong work at Belmont Park and the daughter of Not This Time is selected to register a third win at this venue back having finished fourth at this level on her penultimate start.   

3:43 pm Aqueduct (Race 8) – Gasoline 9/5 (2-star play)

Made all to win by six-and-a-quarter-length in a mile-and-one-eighth maiden special weight contest at Saratoga at the end of August. Ridden with more restraint when finishing 7 lengths third over the same trip in an allowance contest here a month later. Gelded since, the selection has advertised his well-being with a string of works at Belmont Park and Saratoga in the last 5 weeks and looks up to returning to winning ways with a return to front-running tactics expected.


Early Pick 3

Race 1 – 4, 6
Race 2 – 1, 6
Race 3 – 2, 3

Stake – $2.00
Total Stake – $16.00

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