New York Racing "The Insider"
Aqueduct Inner Track Tips
Destroying The Myths:
The one-mile inner dirt track is not a "synthetic" surface. It is a dirt,
clay, and loam composite over a limestone base to facilitate drainage.
There are no underground
hot-water pipes to keep the track from freezing.
The stretch isn't short - at 1,155.5 feet,
it's the longest of any NYRA dirt stretch because of the tight, short turns.
Sprints can go no longer than 6-furlongs. Seven-furlong races would start on the
clubhouse turn so are not run at all.
One-mile races go two turns with a very short run to the
first turn, making inside speed a big advantage.
Same with the mile and 70 yard and
mile-and-a-sixteenth races. Races at 9-furlongs are not as post-dependent but are speed favoring
Horse For The Course Angle:
Early in the meet, this one pays out some dividends.
Horses that have
been plodding along at Aqueduct Main Track, Belmont, Saratoga, and other venues but who have shown an affinity for the
inner track in past seasons often come alive when they get back to winter racing at Aqueduct on the inner dirt.
Look for the HORSE FOR THE COURSE ICON which
indicate which horses have good records over the inner track.
Inside Speed At Two Turns:
Races from a mile to 8.5 furlongs leave the gate and hit a sharp turn
Outside posts get fanned wide and lose a lot of ground or drop back to tuck in to
lose a lot of ground. Both maneuvers are not to a runner's advantage.
Inside runners with early
pace that carry huge numbers (odds) often outrun their odds. Outside posts can be OK if the horse can
clear the field and get to the inside.
Speed At Any Distance:
Nobody wants to be fanned on the tight turns. Racing wide over the
Aqueduct inner track doesn't work unless the horse is much the best.
Many races are won by a
rail-skimming ride and then a sweep to the outside once by the quarter pole.
Study the riders and
charts to see who's cashing with this move.
Nowhere is the trainer angle more important than on the Aqueduct inner dirt. Gary Contessa
is loaded for bear year after year and snags the majority of his earnings during the winter at
Look for the
TRAINER PATTERN ICON on the report to pot trainers that are employing a successful move
in today's race.
If you really want to swat a few
home runs this winter use the Super Longshot Trainer Angle. You can view this fantastic angle
Look for Finger Lakes, Philadelphia, and Suffolk shippers that come in with their
This angle can sometimes make your day. The big horses are laid up or down
south, the top trainers are in Florida, and the competition is wide-open.
Is the rail "golden"?
You'll know after the third race. When the inner rail is on,
the top riders will do most anything to get there.
Check to see if they're avoiding it and make
adjustments in your plays. Be aware of the track condition.
After a thaw, water that was frozen
deep down can rise to the top of the track on a sunny day and change track conditions in short
Planning ahead is fine but the winter Aqueduct player has to be prepared to make
adjustments on a race-by-race basis.
Aqueduct inner track racing can be very profitable but requires the handicapper to virtually
re-learn the game and keep in mind that standard handicapping will not work.
The best horse does
not always get home on top because of the "quirks" inherent in the physical layout of the track
and the weather conditions. Those that heed the "angles" are at a huge advantage.
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