Feel Glorious running in April at Aqueduct.
Feel Glorious running in April at Aqueduct. |NYRA

FREE Aqueduct Stakes Picks: RT and SmartCap break down the 2nd, 8th, 9th and 10th -- the Cigar Mile with Maximum Security and Spun to Run

The 2nd race goes off at noon ET.


Aqueduct Stakes Saturday, December 7th - a date which will live in infamy.

Sunny and 40 degrees.

If I had to hazard a guess as of this writing, I would say that the turf course is a go. It’s been dry the past few days and they’re not racing on it, so it’s well tended.

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Race 2 The $150K Winter Memorial Stakes

This is a one and one sixteenth turf race for three-year-old fillies Equibase and SmartCap have identified the #1 Feel Glorious (4/1) as best last, as well as best overall class and speed. This is a logical choice as still sizzlin’ jokey Junior Alvarado (36% last 10 days) retains the mount, she’s 1-1 at Aqueduct, and she is the leading earner of this group for the year at $181K and the leader for lifetime earnings at $211K. Below are the rest of the races. It’ll be an interesting day for Maximum Security. I’m going with Whitmore in that race.

The SmartCap 2nd at Aqueduct.
The SmartCap 2nd at Aqueduct.RT
The SmartCap 8th at Aqueduct.
The SmartCap 8th at Aqueduct.RT
The SmartCap 9th at Aqueduct.
The SmartCap 9th at Aqueduct.RT
The SmartCap 10th at Aqueduct.
The SmartCap 10th at Aqueduct.RT


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SmartCap is an algorithm-based system that helps the horse player identify key contenders in a race.

Developed by a math prodigy from West Point, you will receive a graph like the one below, per race, when you order SmartCap.

The figures along the left represent each entrants’ best last race, with the top number being the speed and the bottom number is its class. In this example, #10 comes out clearly ahead in class and speed which gives him an edge. Why is that number important? It identifies the horse that is in shape and like human sports competitions, the person(s) in the best shape has the advantage.

The graph on the right represents a horses’ overall rating. When you look at this graph, you will notice on the top far left, the track and race number. This is from Penn National, race two. To the right of this is this races’ class rating and its money – money being the separator for class. So, in this example, we have a $5K race and the class rating is 73. The 73 is the rating set by Equibase. At Penn 2 for this, you have a horse who raced a 62.9 overall versus a 106.2 overall. Now, #7 has a slightly better speed rating yet has been racing against lesser competition. The #10 has the best last, close speed rating, and by far best class, it would be a play. It won going away.

If you are unfamiliar with Equibase, they are the most reliable source for PP’s in the industry. Additionally, one reason why you may see us posting picks to the same tracks is Equibase installed their own GPS technology at Mahoning Valley, Penn National and is the official timer at Golden Gate, Laurel, Woodbine and Pimlico.


  • You must consult your PP’s regardless of what this graph tells you – especially in routes because this is where jockey skill makes the paramount difference. You can have the best horse in a certain race and if the jockey cannot work out a solid trip, it’s done.

  • Steer clear from an off track. Always check the weather before placing your order.

  • We are only providing you with a tool to identify potential horses in a race. You are directly responsible for your own wagering.

  • Pick your spots. It is a losing proposition to bet every race.

  • We rarely handicap maiden races and two-year-old races can be daunting – again, consult your pp’s before indulging.

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A sample SmartCap race chart.
A sample SmartCap race chart.RT
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