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Check out my Thursday (7-4-24) Belmont at Aqueduct Race 8 analysis below.

BAQ 8 (G3 Victory Ride, 3yo fillies, 6.5f dirt) – Post Time 4:42pm EDT
Primary – #3 EMERY
Secondary – #5 Autumn Evening, #4 Halina’s Forte

Horse Comments:

#3 Emery (6-5) is 3-for-4 for Brad Cox. She cruised in her debut in the mud at Saratoga last summer, and chased and weakened to fourth as my top choice in the Grade 1 Frizette second time out. She was sharp in her Keeneland return in April, and rolled to a big win in an extended sprint stakes race under the Twin Spires on June 9. Tyler Gaffalione is 3-for-3 with her and Brad Cox’s filly should get pace to chase. Her balanced attack and quality late pace ratings give her the edge. 

#5 Autumn Evening (6-1) finished 5th of 12 in her Tampa Bay debut late last year. She moved to the Rick Dutrow barn and graduated in a local sprint on March 9, and the runner-up was a next-out winner. She exits a sharp flat mile win on May 4 and figures to stalk the pace from the outside post. 

#4 Halina’s Forte (5-2) was part of the exacta in her first four starts including a win in the local Ruthless Stakes on Feb. 17. She was well-beaten in the Ashland (G1) and Eight Belles (G2), and bounced back with an optional-claiming sprint as the chalk on May 31. She figures to stalk the pace under her winning rider Jose Ortiz. 


Exacta 3-5

Trifecta key 3/4-5

Recent 2024 Bettor Bet$ Free Pick Winners 
June 24 – Quick Quick Whit ($7.40), Exacta ($17.40), Trifecta ($34.60)
June 25 – Carillo ($4.20)
June 27 – Channel Fury ($2.80), Trifecta ($29.80)
June 28 – Reagan’s Flame/Zadorsky Exacta ($19.46)
June 30 – Vodka With a Twist/So There She Was Exacta ($13.94)

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.

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