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Posted by on 12/9/2013 8:49:21 PM

Those familiar with the Jamaican reggae group the Inner Circle have been enjoying their music since 1968 but online sports betting site players yearning for New York action could do much worse than to try to get a little Christmas cash during the inner strip days at Aqueduct.

There is no turf racing at Aqueduct at this time of the year and the inner strip will be utilized from this Wednesday December 11 until about the third week of March depending on how the weather is shaping up.

Like the name suggests, the inner strip is just what is says, on the inner part of the huge Aqueduct racetrack. It???s compact, the turns are tight and some horses like the strip and some hate it.

Because the more potent stables already have shipped or are in the process of moving their stables to Florida where more money and abundant sunshine are the order of the day, the smaller barns have a chance to make hay while the big barns are away.

What players should look for during this time is try to isolate horses that have done well over this tricky surface in the past.

Inside speed can be extremely potent especially if the other legit contenders are hung out in wide posts.

Also try to pay attention to the Beyer Pars. In cheap maiden $20,000 claimers, a 75 Beyer Speed Figure is a solid number. If a mid-grade claimer, a runner that runs for $50,000 or $75,000 sales tags gets a Beyer that hovers around 95 or higher, that runner could be set to string together some victories.

It is possible to come from off the pace and win on the inner strip but just like with any race shape, handicappers have to project a number of contenders that will promote the pace of the event.

As far as the human element is concerned, with Ramon Dominguez retired, the riding title could very well be up for grabs.

Cornelio Velasquez, Junior Alvarado and David Cohen should contend for most of the live mounts. The Ortiz boys, Irad and Jose, should also be closely watched in the winter months.

New Jersey stalwart Chuck Lopez rides the inner strip as well as anybody. He is an aggressive pilot so his horses will most often than not be in the right position to take advantage at the top of the lane.

Those that pull the strings, the trainers, will be well represented by guys like David Jacobson, who is very good with horses stretching out from a sprint to a route and figures to pop with over 22% of his starters.

Richard Dutrow was very potent during the Big A winter last year but he has been banned so look for some new faces to thrive.

Chris Englehart and his son Jerermiah always spot their horses correctly and they have options as far as where they went to enter. Both of these stables must be watched carefully.

Charlton Baker is another conditioner that doesn???t pull punches with his placements and Richard Violette was an over 25% trainer at the Big A last winter.

Players really can???t get greedy during this meet because form is quickly established. The most astute of the crowd will pay attention to way a horse was hung wide in his prior start, but now gets a favorable pace and a much better post.

Look to this winter meet as a groundbreaking start to what hopefully will be a super end to 2013 and a prosperous beginning to 2014.
Good luck.

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