Saamrat and Uncle Sigh, a pair of NY-bred Kentucky Derby 2014 hopefuls, battled throughout in the Grade III Withers Stakes at Aqueduct.
Saamrat stuck his head in front at the quarter pole and gradually
inched a length clear at the wire. Uncle Sigh was more than ten clear of
maiden show finisher Scotland. The winning BSF was 94.
The jury is still out on the strength of the Withers. The top two
dominated throughout, the pace was ordinary, and a maiden was third. The
waters will get much deeper in the Gotham and Wood Memorial.
In the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay, Pletcher trainees Vinceremos and Harpoon finished 1-2 in an exciting contest. The BSF came back 82, and this did not look like a serious Derby prep to say the least.