Aqueduct Wagering Picks: Eight Quality Ladies in Garland of Roses

The featured betting race at Aqueduct on Saturday is the $75,000 Garland of Roses at six furlongs, the race drawing a competitive field of eight fillies and mares.

The Chad Brown trained Kid Kate is the 2-1 morning line favorite, and the six-year-old mare will be making the final start of her career on Saturday.

The mare has won a stake in each year she has been running, and is 8 for 24 in her career with earnings of $463,229. Jockey Eddie Castro gets the call on the mare, who checked in third in the Pentelis in her last outing on Nov. 15.

Delightful Quality, a three-year-old filly owned by Darley Stables and trained by Tom Albertrani is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.

The filly is coming off a pair of runner up finishes in her first two starts against winners. She was an impressive maiden winner in her second career start in June at Belmont Park.

There is plenty of horse betting action coming up on Saturday, with Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs opening their 2012-2013 meetings.

Gulfstream Park is the host to the 14th Claiming Crown, with seven stakes races with $850,000 in purses up for grabs.

Let’s head out to Aqueduct for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

Aqueduct Race 6 The Garland of Roses (2:50 ET)

5 Delightful Quality   5-2

7 Kid Kate   2-1

4 Singlet   5-1

6 Withgreatpleasure   12-1

Analysis: Delightful Quality returns off a two month break after running second behind loose on the lead Ullapool, who was taking full advantage of an inside speed favoring racing strip. Three runners have come out of that race to win next out including the third place finisher Willet, who came back to win the state bred Iroquois by 9 1/4 lengths, and then she came back to miss wining the Go For Wand (G2) by a neck here on Nov. 23. Two back our top pick ran a good second behind My Miss Aurelia in the Mandy's Gold. The winner came back to win the Cotillion (G1) at Parx and then run second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (G1) in her most recent start. She owns a solid pace profile throughout and looks tough in this spot.

Kid Kate is coming off a third place finish in the Pentelis behind the Puerto Rican wonder girl My Wandy's Girl, a winner of 14 of 18 starts who came back to run third in the Gazelle (G1) in her next start. The Chad Brown trainee won the Classy Mirage two back which was her sixth career stakes win. She makes her final career start here and looks like a legit threat, but our top pick appears to have more upside and will likely offer more value for the top spot.

Singlet brings some speed and is coming off a game runner up finish in the Ms Woodford at Monmouth Park. The filly has landed in the exacta in 7 of her 9 career starts for the Tony Dutrow barn that has been sending out live runners at the meeting. She owns the edge in early and mid pace numbers and could shake loose early. The connections of the entry said Jelly Cable would be sent early to set things up for her stablemate Moonlit Malibu, but she does not look quick enough to get to the front.

Word has it that trainer Todd Pletcher may scratch Morrow Cove.


WIN: #5 to win at 9-5 or better.

EX: 5,7 / 4,5,7

TRI: 5 / 4,6,7 / 4,6,7

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Michael’s Claiming Crown Report includes his selections, analysis, fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for the entire opening day card at Gulfstream Park including all seven Claiming Crown races. The fourteenth renewal of the rich and prestigious Claiming Crown will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

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