I continue to stand by my decision to concentrate on the Aqueduct inner track meet during the winter months rather than split my play between NYRA and Gulfstream, as I had done in the past. For the past two seasons, save for a few occasional indulgences, I’ve almost completely forgone playing Gulfstream, and I have absolutely no regrets about it. The inner track sustains me.
I do admit that the Aqueduct inner track meet can seem frustrating at times, due in large part to the inevitable but all too frequent cancellations. Yet I still believe that if you possess the patience to weather the storm – no pun intended – it’s a great opportunity to brush up on your basic handicapping skills, which we all need to do from time to time. Many of these races are far more straightforward than the complicated puzzles we’re faced with when Belmont and Saratoga roll around. Furthermore, the large number of two-turn races and the occasional, fleeting track bias keep trip handicappers like myself on their toes. I firmly believe that if you pay attention, do your homework, and are conservative enough to really pick your spots, you can make a nice little profit playing Aqueduct through the winter months.
Despite an atypically rough month of wagering through the latter portion of January, which saw me enjoy just one winning afternoon in the span of more than 30 days, this nevertheless turned out to be yet another profitable inner track meet. All told, I racked up a $784.20 profit from wagers posted on this site, good for an overall ROI of $2.24. In a game where matching the takeout is generally considered to be an achievement, I’m quite proud of the work I put in during this meet.
I also want to give a special shout out to Sugar Gold ($93.00), Candid Desire ($34.60), and Far From Over ($14.40); selections that provided me with some of my greatest thrills and fondest memories from this meet.
And as always, thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement and appreciation; It really means a lot to me. Now let’s keep the momentum going into the spring!