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Racing expert Sweet Lou Monaco's picks the Tepin Stakes at Aqueduct

We head back to Aqueduct Racetrack today in New York where the $100,000 Tepin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, originally scheduled for the outer turf. The field of 7 will go to gate for race 3 of the 9-race card with an approximate post time of 1:16 p.m. ET.

#3, Antoinette, Joe Bravo, 3-1

This will be Antoinette’s third career start as she is coming off a neck victory in a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park on Oct. 24. In her debut, she showed a mild kick to get up for fourth as she was only two lengths behind the other three in a maiden special weight race, also on the turf, at Belmont Park on Sept. 14. She is not the morning line favorite but is the third choice and this will be her first start on dirt that trainer Bill Mott wants to try her on. Joe Bravo is back for his third straight mount and we are going to take a shot. The pick.

#1, I Dare U, Manuel Franco, 6-5

One start, one win for morning-line favorite I Dare U. In her debut, she won by 2 ¾ lengths in a maiden special weight race on the dirt on Oct. 25. Franco is back aboard for his second straight start for trainer George Weaver. She was the only one with main track dirt experience to be entered today (which worked in her favor) as others desire the turf, the surface it was supposed to be run on. Taking a shot with another. Runner-up.

#2, Logic N Reason, Joel Rosario, 5-2

This will be her fourth start (1-0-1) as she is coming off an impressive five length win in a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park on Oct. 25. Joel Rosario was aboard for that win and makes his third start aboard for trainer Christophe Clement. Contender.

#7, Quality Heat, Kendrick Carmouche, 6-1

She has finished in the money in all five of her starts (1-1-3) and is coming off a third-place finish in the Chelsey Flower Stakes here on Nov. 3.She is looking for her first win since a nose win in a maiden special weight race at Woodbine on Aug. 10. Kendrick Carmouche gets the mount and is the sixth different jockey to do so for trainer Mark Casse. Would have liked a jockey that had already rode her, but she does have the most experience in the field. In the mix.  

PICKS: 3-1-2-7

By Lou Monaco


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