Horses will join many people in packing
on a few extra pounds this Thursday as a field of six goes to post for the 99th
running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the traditional
Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct Racetrack.
First race post time will be 11:25 a.m., with the nine-race
card set to conclude at 3:10 p.m.
Toting high weight of 135 pounds for the six-furlong sprint
will be Poseidon’s Warrior, who this past summer at Saratoga Race Course pulled
a 36-1 stunner in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt for his first Grade 1 win. The
4-year-old Speightstown colt subsequently finished third in the Grade 1
Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park and then a dull 14th in the
Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.
“Initially, we thought it would be too quick from the
Breeders’ Cup after shipping from coast-to-coast and back, but he’s doing very
well,” said Butch Reid from Philadelphia, where he trains Poseidon’s Warrior
for Swilcan Stable. “He kind of sleep-walked around there at Santa Anita, but
back in the cool weather, he’s a different horse. He had a great blowout down
the lane [Saturday] morning, 22 and change, and that kind of made our minds
With Irad Ortiz, Jr. named to ride, Poseidon’s Warrior drew
post position 5 at 8-5 on the morning line.
Repole Stable’s Caixa Eletronica, who successfully toted 131
pounds to win a 1 1/8-mile starter handicap at the Spa in 2011, was assigned
133 pounds as he looks to return to the winner’s circle for the first time
since June. The 7-year-old son of Arromanches, who this year won the Rise Jim
overnight stakes at the Big A, the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic and the Grade 2
True North Handicap on Belmont Stakes day, most recently finished seventh as
the favorite in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont.
“I think the track was speed biased [in the Bold Ruler],”
said trainer Todd Pletcher. “It seemed like during that little window of time,
very few horses were making up any ground. They had to run against the grain of
Javier Castellano will ride Caixa Eletronica, 9-5 on the
morning line, from post position 2.
Also toting 133 pounds will be Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s
Bishop winner Willy Beamin, who on Saturday at Aqueduct set the pace in the
Grade 3 Discovery Handicap before yielding in the stretch to Called to Serve.
Joining him from trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr.’s barn will be
This Ones for Phil, who has a pair of victories and two seconds in four 2012
starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Untuttable, who in 2009 won the Grade 2
Swale at Gulfstream Park, will be making his first start since finishing second
as the favorite in Belmont’s Diablo overnight stakes in May.
Alan Garcia was named aboard Willy Beamin, who drew post
position 3 at 6-1 on the morning line, while Ramon Dominguez will ride 5-1 This
Ones for Phil from the rail.
Making his graded stakes debut is New York-bred stalwart
Mine Over Matter, most recently victorious in the Hudson
on New York Showcase Day at Belmont.
The 5-year-old son of Mineshaft is 1-2-1 from seven starts over the Big A’s
main track, including a last-to-first victory in the restricted Fabersham
overnight stakes in April.
John Velazquez will be aboard Mine Over Matter, 8-1 from
post position 4.
“He should get a good set up [in the Fall Highweight],” said
trainer Mike Hushion of Chester
and Mary Broman’s homebred. “I’d like to win a graded stake with him, Mr.
Broman would like to win a graded stake with him”
Rounding out the field is Small Town Talk, second to Hymn
Book in the Frank “Pancho” Martin overnight stakes on October 19 at Belmont.