will go in search of his third consecutive victory and second straight
stakes win on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack as he heads a field of six
New York-breds in the $100,000 Kings Point at 1 1/16 miles.
late-running son of True Direction proved he was one of the top New
York-breds around in his latest outing, a thrilling last-to-first
victory over Saratoga Snacks in the Whodam on January 19 at the Big A.
One race prior, the 5-year-old horse catapulted past open company to
take a first-level allowance race on December 14. Both starts were
contested on Aqueduct's inner track with jockey Jose Ortiz in the irons.
seems to like the inner track," said trainer Chad Brown, who trains the
horse for owner/breeder Thomas Coleman. "He definitely prefers to run
at some pace, but he's pretty adaptable."
Zivo, the 6-5 favorite on the morning line, will break from post position 6 with Abel Castellano taking the mount.
trained by Todd Pletcher for Three Diamonds Farm, will look to rebound
in the Kings Point after finishing sixth, beaten eight lengths by Zivo,
in the Whodam. Prior to that start, the gelded son of Frost Giant won
three straight races, including an authoritative victory in the 1
1/16-mile Alex M. Robb at the Big A.
didn't have much of an excuse [in the Whodam], he just didn't fire,"
said Pletcher's assistant, Byron Hughes. "He seems to be in good form;
he hasn't missed a beat in the morning, except for the days the track's
been closed. I expect a good, solid effort from him. I definitely think
two turns is where he's best."
Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard Comandante, 5-2 on the morning line, and the pair will break from post position 4.
aficionado Awesome Vision, most recently third in the Whodam, will
again get a chance to run on his favorite surface. After a pair of third
place finishes this meet, the 5-year-old horse by Awesome Again hopes
to recapture his inner track form from last year, when he captured three
races from four starts, including the Compelling Word on March 21 for
trainer Tom Albertrani and owner West Point Thoroughbreds.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. will again ride Awesome Vision, who drew post position five and sits at 3-1 on the morning line.
out the field are Moneyinyour Pocket, most recently fourth in the
Whodam; Beautyinthepulpit, third in his last start, an open company
allowance race at a mile; and Sinistra, winner of a New York-bred entry
level allowance race in his most recent outing.