NYRA handicapper, Andy Serling, provides daily analysis of track trends and conditions at The Big A in an attempt to share his thoughts and insights into any possible track biases. This can be a helpful resource for handicappers as track conditions can change from one day to the next.
Sunday, January 16
Wind 8 to 13 MPH SW
The rail was a distinct advantage. Subsequently speed did well but it likely had more to do with the rail being strong.
Friday, January 14
Wind 21 MPH South
There was a strong headwind down the backstretch, which likely contributed to the slower fractions, and the track overall produced slow final times. The races played out fairly with race dynamics the biggest factor to race flows.
Thursday, January 13
Wind 4 MPH SE to SW/WSW
The rail was a gigantic advantage through the first half of the card. It likely began to mitigate around the 5 th or 6th race, whereupon it may have been a slight advantage but not like the first four races. Unusual day.
Sunday, January 9
Wind 16 to 13 MPH NE
The track appeared to play fairly. The rail was good but not a clear advantage.
Saturday, January 8
Wind 8 to 2 MPH SE to East
Some confusing signs, as there were times when speed seemed like a distinct advantage, but ultimately there were too many closers that did well enough, at least, to say the track was strongly biased. Probably a fair track but also worth following going forward.
Thursday, January 6
Good ( harrowed )
Wind 11 to 9 MPH East
The track played fairly. It was labelled Good but there did not appear to be a lot of moisture in the track. The wind may have contributed to fast early paces in many races relative to the slow final fractions.
Sunday, January 2
Muddy ( sealed )
Wind 10 to 8 MPH ENE to SE
Speed did well, but not as well as the prior days, and it appeared that it was more about the rail than speed. The horses that closed, or overachieved, rode the rail for the better part of the race.
Saturday, January 1
Sloppy ( sealed )
Wind 7 to 4 MPH NNE to NNW
The track was extremely kind to speed and, outside of the last winner, closing any significant ground was very difficult. The rail was also an advantage.
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