Aqueduct: A single for the $73,199 Pick 6 carryover

January 27th, 2024

The last two race cards at Aqueduct have gone by without anyone solving the $1 Pick 6, which means there’s a double carryover worth $73,199 up for grabs on Saturday.

The feature event in the sequence is the $150,000 Interborough S. for fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs on dirt. One of the key contenders is #4 Dr B (5-2), fresh off a 3 3/4-length victory in the one-mile Go for Wand (G3) on Dec. 2 at Aqueduct.

But the Go for Wand took place over a muddy track that strongly favored speed, so Dr B’s gate-to-wire victory was doubtlessly aided by the track. She’d lost five straight stakes prior to the Go for Wand and may regress if Aqueduct plays fairly this Saturday.

A logical alternative to Dr B is #7 Ain’t Broke (2-1). On Sept. 21, she rallied to victory in a $75,000 claimer racing 1 1/16 miles around two turns at Churchill Downs. She was claimed out of that contest, and two subsequent starts for trainer Linda Rice around one turn at Aqueduct have been terrific.

First off, Ain’t Broke smashed a $50,000 allowance optional claimer racing one mile, sticking close to a sharp pace before taking over to win by 5 1/2 lengths with a 96 Brisnet Speed rating. She was just as sharp when cutting back to seven furlongs for a $62,500 allowance optional claimer, rallying from nearly a dozen lengths off the pace to dominate by five lengths with a 93 Brisnet Speed rating.

The Interborough field contains a lot of speed on paper. In addition to Dr B, you have #1 White Chocolate (6-1), who has set the pace in each of her last four starts; #2 Hot Fudge (3-1), who has carved out the tempo in three of her last five runs while tracking the pace in the other two; and #6 Self Isolation (15-1), a pacesetter in three of her last five starts.

With all this speed in the mix, Ain’t Broke figures to receive a favorable pace setup under jockey Eric Cancel, who has won at a 27% rate teaming up with Rice over the last two months. For all these reasons, we’re willing to take a stand against Dr B and make Ain’t Broke a Pick 6 single.

Don’t forget: Woodbine Mohawk’s $131,187 Super High 5 mandatory payout

The 20-cent Jackpot Super High 5 at Woodbine Mohawk is scheduled for a mandatory payout on Saturday. The carryover has climbed to $132,187 USD ($178,453 CAD), so if you’re a fan of harness racing you’ll want to get in on the action.

The prize pool is available to chase in Race 12 (post time 11:22 p.m. ET). Morning line favorite #2 Big Bully (3-1) has won three of his last four starts and looms as a logical contender to build tickets around, perhaps by keying him to finish either first or second.

Good luck!