Friday, April 2, 2010

Paulie's Picks, Aqueduct, 4/3/10

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year at Aqueduct; the running of the G1 Wood Memorial, New York's premier Kentucky Derby prep race. The presumed derby favorite, Todd Pletcher trainee Eskendereya, is the odds-on favorite tomorrow.

There are three other graded stakes races besides the main event: the G3 Bay Shore, the G3 Excelsior, and the G1 Carter Handicap. The trouble is there are only six horses in each race (seven in the Bay Shore, but two are a coupled entry). This has been a real issue in racing for the past few years - filling out the gate in the big races.

I really shouldn't complain, though - there's fewer wrong horses for me to choose. Here are Paulie's picks for tomorrow at Aqueduct:

1st race:
3 - Cash Value
4 - Western Decision
10 - Lady Apple

2nd race:
4 - Rock Yard
5 - Friendly Wager
7 - Calvello

3rd race:
4 - Cantrushperfection
1 - Ricoriatoa
2 - Obligingly

4th race:
5 - Cajun Jet
8 - Stormin Bolt
7 - Ezzy

5th race:
9 - Gerard Loves Beer
8 - Smokin Conrad
5 - Pegasus Ena

6th race:
8 - Awesome Bull
7 - Judicial Leader
2 - Thunder Reigns

7th race, The Bay Shore, G3:
4 - Hurricane Ike
1 - Eightyfiveinafifty
2 - Raynick's Jet

8th race, The Excelsior, G3:
3 - Nite Light
4 - Goldsville
5 - More Than a Reason

9th race, The Wood Memorial, G1:
3 - Eskendereya
5 - Jackson Bend
4 - Schoolyard Dreams

10th race, The Carter Handicap, G1:
4 - Musket Man
5 - Munnings
1 - Digger

11th race:
11 - So Scott
8 - Strings and Arrows
1 - Tom Kitten

Tune in to NBC at 5:00 to watch the Wood. The program is one hour, so I'm assuming they'll also show one of the other graded stakes. Check in at No Hassle at the Castle tomorrow night for results.