11/29/2014 12:41PM

Cigar Mile Day 2014


Today's featured Cigar Mile, the last of 10 races at Aqueduct, is the final Grade 1 race of the year in New York and the last until the Carter and the Wood Memorial next April.

The Cigar Mile completes a pick-4 starting with a statebred allowance sprint and continuing through the last and longest juvenile graded stakes of the New York season, the G2 Demoiselle for fillies and the G2 Remsen for males, both at a mile and an eighth.

The pick-4 could have been more enticing -- an all-graded stakes pick-4 -- had NYRA not inexplicably carded the G3 Comely as the 4th instead of the 7th. This is a particularly baffling piece of scheduling, given that the Comely is a more wide-open betting race than the statebred allowance and has just one fewer betting interest.

It's cold and clear at aqueduct today, with the main track fast and turf racing cancelled -- races 1,3 and 6 will be contested on the main track. First post is noon so everuything's on the early side -- the Comely is at 1:27, the pick-4 starts at 2:50, and the proceeedings are scheduled to conclude with the Cigar Mile at 4:17 p.m.three

Below are my notes on the three late stakes. They look like you can have some fun with them:

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Juan Perez More than 1 year ago
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Bill Keating More than 1 year ago
A pity that on Aqueduct's big day the track was so biased. I'm not sure about a couple of the early races, but basically the horse in front at the top of the stretch was the winner. In the stretch a horse had trouble even in making up any ground on the leader.
Christine Race More than 1 year ago
THANKS for a terrific season...I dont think you post much in the mud/winter...so see you in the spring! Be Well :>
Just Watch More than 1 year ago
Royal Burgh just might be a nut shot today. Pletcher's lifetime mark with firsters on "dirt" going 1 1/16 or more is a 'robust' 1-0-1/31 tries. Pletcher is 5-1-0 / last 7 when using Rosie on firsters AND he used Rosie on the sum total of one firster during the past 13 months. Exactly two returnees from Royal Burgh's debut field have returned on dirt and each was a winner, with figures jumping 12 and 17 points. And this is a horse who is "12-1" in the program??? Get down...