The $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes is set for Race 8 on the Jan. 31 card at Aqueduct Track.
The event for 3-year-olds is set to cover seven furlongs and includes names like Hello Hot Rod, Weyburn, and Return the Ring among the small field of five.
Here is a look at the top runners set for the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes:
Betting Preview: Hello Hot Rod, Weyburn
The morning-line favorite coming in at 7/5 is Brittany Russell and Sark Horse Racing’s Hello Hot Rod. The Mosler colt is trained by Brittany Russell as well.
He has a career record of 2-1-0 from three starts and earnings of $58,941.
Last time out, he scored a Dec. 13 allowance optional claiming race at Laurel Park, where he registered an 82 Speed Figure. His other performances include a Nov. 13 waiver maiden claiming race and a runner-up effort in another on Oct. 30, both at Laurel Park.
Hello Hot Rod will break from Post 1 under rider Trevor McCarthy.
He will be going up against the 2/1 Weyburn, owned by Chiefswood Stables. The Pioneerof the Nile colt is trained by James Jerkens.
He is 1-1-0 from three career starts with earnings of $62,250.
The colt scored a Dec. 5 maiden special weight race last time out at Aqueduct, which followed a runner-up effort in another back on Nov. 14 at the track. The latter resulted in a 92 Speed Figure. His debut performance was a fifth-place run in an Oct. 10 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park.
Weyburn will break from Post 3 under jockey Jose Lezcano.
Betting Preview: Return the Ring, Magnificent Chrome
Another runner to look out for is Iris Smith Stable’s Return the Ring. The Speightster colt is trained by Edward Barker.
He has one career victory from one start and earnings of $44,000.
That one win came in a maiden special weight race back on Nov. 28 at Aqueduct, where the runner registered an 87 Speed Figure.
Return the Ring will break from Post 4 under rider Dylan Davis.
The longshot coming in at 20-1 is Peter Bell and Randi Persaud’s Magnificent Chrome.
The California Chrome colt is trained by Randi Persaud as well.
He is 1-0-0 from four career starts with earnings of $29,290.
He is coming off a victory in 2021 already, which came in a Jan. 17 maiden claiming race. In that outing, he registered a 74 Speed Figure. The colt closed out his 2020 season with a sixth-place run in a Dec. 6 maiden claiming race at Aqueduct.
Magnificent Chrome will break from Post 2 under Luis Rodriguez Castro.
The rest of the field (post, morning line) is set to include: Scotch Rock’s (Post 1A, 7/5); and Pico d’Oro (Post 5, 7/2).
Free Betting Pick
Chiefwood Stables’ Weyburn is a good pick coming into this one at 2-1. He is at slightly better odds than the favorite at 7/5. Last time out, he had an impressive run to win at the track on Dec. 5, and before that he finished runner-up.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Weyburn
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