Aqueduct Horse Racing Picks for Presidents' Day Monday 2/20/23

Horse Racing Picks from Aqueduct on Monday, Feb. 20 Presidents' Day.
Horse Racing Picks from Aqueduct on Monday, Feb. 20 Presidents' Day. / Bill Kostroun / Associated Press

The NYRA continues its Big A winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack. Monday's Presidents' Day card includes eight races and a $100,000 stake. Post time is 1:20 p.m. ET.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and monitor the weather and track conditions.

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races after adjusting for track, distances, and conditions).

Aqueduct Betting

According to numberFire horse racing projections, these are some of the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today.

1. Northway and Harlan's Bond, Race 5

FanDuel Racing Odds: 5/2 and 8/1
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Race 5 is a Maiden Special Weight for NY-bred fillies going 6 1/2 furlongs. The numberFire projections pick the favorite Clover Street (2/1) to win ahead of Halan's Bond (8/1) and Good Accelebrate (7/2).

Harlan's Bond gets first-time Lasix, as does Clover Street and Northway (5/2), who makes her debut and is ridden by the meet's top jockey, Dylan Davis. Her sire is Bernardini.

Clover Street missed badly in a stakes race last month and hit the board in her two maiden starts. Good Accelebrate has solid breeding but has shown little speed in two starts. Harlan's Bond makes her debut out of the same Good Samaritan sire.

2. Dr Ardito and Wudda U Think Now, Race 6

FanDuel Racing Odds: 6/5 and 9/5
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Race 6 is the $100,000 Haynesfield Stakes for older state-breds going one mile. The two favorites are the top picks by numberFire's data - Dr. Ardito (6/5) and Wudda U Think Now (9/5).

Wudda U Think Now is ridden by Dylan Davis while Dr. Ardito has leading jockey Manny Franco up for leading trainer Chad Brown. Dr. Ardito has won 5-of-6 starts and makes his stakes debut after winning an allowance race a month ago with his top speed figure (107). Wudda U Think Now has won 9-of-20 starts, including back-to-back stakes races at The Big A since December.

3. Bobby The Tank and Please Be Nice, Race 8

FanDuel Racing Odds: 10/1 and 4/5
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Race 8 is an Allowance race for NY-bred 3-year-olds sprinting six furlongs. The numberFire algorithm likes Bobby the Tank (10/1) to upset What's Up Bro (5/1) and the heavy favorite, Please Be Nice (4/5).

Bobby the Tank has finished in the money in three straight races, including a wire-to-wire win here in November going one mile. The shorter distance here is fine, and he'll challenge debut wire-to-wire winner Please be Nice up front after PBN cruised to a 10-length win last month and now faces winners for the first time. What's Up Bro finished third here last month with a slower speed figure after breaking his maiden in December.

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