Wednesday's 8th race (3:48pm ET) from Aqueduct is an Optional Claiming event for 4-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the inner dirt.
#4 Punster (5-1) was nabbed out of his last by sharp trainer David Jacobson and the 5yo gelding earned a competitive number in a clear place finish at the Big A Nov 19. Ortiz does business with this barn and the fresh, versatile sort has every right to step up his game at playable odds.
Jacobson also has morning line favorite #5 Big Business (8-5). The consistent 5yo gelded son of Eddington fired Trifecta shots in all ten starts last year and got acquainted with the inner track in a place finish Dec 31.
$10 to win #4
$10 Exacta Box 4-5 ($20)
analysis by Jarrod Horak