Aqueduct’s stakes race on Saturday is the $100,000 Cicada. Going off as Race 3, the event attracted just 5 horses. 23 of the horses offer 8/5 odds and 2/1 odds. That’s why we didn’t choose the Cicada Stakes as one of our top plays at the Ozone Park racetrack for Saturday. Instead, we’ve chosen 3 other races at the Big A as horseplayers call it. Check out top plays for March 21 at Aqueduct Racetrack! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Aqueduct Racetrack for Saturday, March 21. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Aqueduct Park – Top Plays for March 21
- When: Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 pm ET
- Where: South Ozone Park, New York, NY
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 50 – Low 31
Race 2 – 2:01 pm ET – 1 M Dirt – $55,000 Starter Allowance
Manuel Franco takes the call for Our Last Buck, a Courageous Cat 6-year-old gelding. The Michelle Nevin charge won a $30,000 claiming race on March 15. Nevin wheels right back at the starter allowance level. That’s a confident move. Confident enough for us to put the gelding on top.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez saddles second choice Traveling. Because chalk Super Silver breaks to the inside of Traveling, jockey Jorge Vargas gets a chance to see what the favorite does. If he wants to track, he can. If Jorge wants to press Super Silver or even take the lead, he can do that as well.
Super Silver deserves a long look. He ran on the lead in his last, shortens up, and keeps speed jock Kendrick Carmouche. Those are the positives. The knocks? From 5 races at this mile distance, Silver has yet to win. Also, Bruce Levin is winning at 8%. Pass on getting the picture taken.
- Win: Our Last Buck
- Place: Traveling
- Show: Super Silver
Race 7 – 4:31 pm ET – 6 ½ F Dirt – $10,000 Claiming
Parx shippers don’t often show their best at the Big A, but 8/1 on the morning line Volodina has a chance to bust that notion. Trainer Juan Guerrero has saddled 5 runners at this Aqueduct meet. He has 3 seconds and a third. Guerrero wins 25% with runners off a 40-90 day layoff, 22% with his shippers, and 34% with runners taking a double move down in class.
For second, Dancin Debbie looks like a solid pick. Trainer Michael Pino is winning at 33% overall and 21% second after the claim. She offers a generous Horse Racing Odds 6/1 morning line, takes a slight drop in class, and posted a terrific work on March 9.
Trouble for Skylar lost her last race by 13 lengths. That was a State-Bred $46,000 allowance. Linda Rice drops her all the way to $10K claiming. Rice appears to want to cash a check with her. She should get in the top 3 just based on class. If you put her in the win slot, you must accept underlay odds, though. So, third seems like a good play.
- Win: Volodina
- Place: Dancing Debbie
- Show: Trouble for Skylar
Race 8 – 5:01 pm ET – 1 M Dirt – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
There are lots of ways to go here. Why not settle on a horse at a price? Notorious Flirt Horse Racing Odds are at 10/1 on the morning line. Trainer Linda Rice saddles the 3-year-old Flatter colt. Rice wins 28% the first time on the stretch out while Flirt busted an awesome 5-furlong work in 1:00 on March 6. She can get it done at overlay odds.
Brad Cox saddles Giant Shoes, who broke her maiden at first asking, failed in a New York Stallion Stakes, and then raced well at the $80,000 level to finish third. Cox wins 38% with horses running in their second route race.
The Last Ace could bounce, which is why we’re picking him third. But his maiden score impressed so much that we can’t leave him off the ticket. He could blow these away with a front-running score. Or, he could bounce out of the tri.
- Win: Notorious Flirt
- Place: Giant Shoes
- Show: The Last Ace