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Big A offers final weekend cards before holiday break

New York Hot List | Friday, December 17, 2021

With Christmas approaching faster than a speeding reindeer, the New York Racing is offering one last chance for racing fans to pocket some holiday cash before Santa Claus arrives. This weekend’s cards at Aqueduct will be last before the circuit takes its holiday break, closing from Dec. 20 until Dec. 29 and re-opening Thursday, Dec. 30 for the final two cards of the year. Topping Saturday’s card are a pair of lucrative $500,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes for 2-year-olds that are both competitive affairs which could be captured by a longshot.

Here’s the Hot List picks for the filly division of the New York Stallion Series. There are two Hot List horses in the field and they both come with big morning line odds – Bank On Anna (8-1) and Laochi (12-1).

$500,000 New York Stallion Series, Aqueduct, Saturday, Race 8:

(9) Bank On Anna (A) will try this stakes race after running second in her debut where she finished well ahead of the rest of an 11-horse field. (4) Laochi (B) is still a maiden after four tries. Last time she had to race in tight quarters down the stretch and finished third in a blanket finish. (6) Morning Matcha broke her maiden and then won an allowance at Parx for trainer Butch Reid. She will get to run in this restricted race as a Pennsylvania-bred because she is sired by a New York stallion in Central Banker. (7) Howdyoumakeurmoney began her career at Saratoga racing on the main track and then got a maiden win on the turf. Since then, she became stakes-placed at Woodbine and a stakes-winner at Presque Isle, both on the Tapeta.

The rest of the NY Hot List picks and the Special Saturday Pick 3 are available free of charge at this website.