Thursday’s 7th race from Aqueduct is an optional claiming event for New York-bred 4-year-olds and up dashing six furlongs on the main track (Post Time 4:25 p.m. ET).
#3 SOUTH AFRICA (7-2) was part of the exacta in his last five starts and he won two of those races. His early-pressing versatility might allow him to work out the right tactical trip behind likely front runners #1 Dark Money (5-2) and #6 Steam Engine (3-1). His winning rider Kendrick Carmouche strings along and he might be able to move forward in his second start after a short layoff.
#4 Blindwillie McTell (6-1) drops out of the open entry level allowance ranks and he is entered for the $40k claiming tag. All three of his career wins were in the New York-bred stakes ranks, and two of those victories were at Aqueduct under Thursday’s pilot Dylan Davis.
#5 Seven Lilies (4-1) finished strongly from off the pace in a 19-1 upset victory over South Africa Jan. 30. He has won seven times overall but has never scored in back-to-back races.
#3 to win
Exacta Box 3-4
Recent Best Bet Winners
Feb. 2 - PADDOCK PICK ($4.80), Trifecta ($149.40)
Feb. 5 - Earls Rock/Beer Can Man Exacta ($23.40)
Feb. 6 - HIT THE ROAD ($8.20), Exacta ($24.60), Trifecta ($111.00)
Feb. 9 - BIG BARREL ($4.60), Quinella ($16.00)
Feb. 10 - QUEEN OF THE GREEN ($10.60), Exacta ($51.00)
Feb. 16 - ELLE Z ($6.60), Exacta ($13.80)
Feb. 19 - I'm Leaving You/Hoop Dream Exacta ($21.00)
Feb. 21 - SHE'SA PERFECTLADY ($5.80)
Feb. 23 - Flying to the Line/Gold Included/Bonnet Trifecta ($112.00)