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Stay Thirsty Versus Toby’s Corner in Gotham

Toby's Corner

Uncle Mo’s stablemate Stay Thirsty, runner-up in Saratoga’s Hopeful (G1) last year, and recent Whirlaway hero Toby’s Corner, headline a field of nine in Saturday’s Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Race Course.


Stay Thirsty makes his first start of the season on Saturday and he has been working in company with Uncle Mo at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. He raced four times last year. After kicking off his career with a clear place finish at Belmont, he graduated in fine fashion at Saratoga. The aforementioned Hopeful followed and he was last seen finishing 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Ramon Dominguez hops aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole.


Toby’s Corner is improving rapidly for Graham Motion. He earned his diploma in romping fashion in his second career start at Laurel last November and followed that up with an Optional Claiming tally at a flat mile. He smartly went last-to-first in the compact Whirlaway and should be finishing fast under Eddie Castro.


Whirlaway show finisher Preachintothedevil is getting better with each start and the place finisher from his last (J J’s Lucky Train) returned to capture the Miracle Wood at Laurel Park last weekend. He might have a hard time turning the tables on Toby’s Corner but the NY-bred should offer value. 


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Dawly is an interesting longhsot for Steve Asmussen. He has won two straight and Asmussen claimed him from Kiaran McLaughlin for $50,000 in December. He owns a promising route pedigree (Awesome Again-Tiznow) and rates a look underneath.


Nacho Saint placed in the Sanford (G2) while still a maiden last year and he graduated at a flat mile here Jan 28. Kelly Breen gives Joe Bravo a leg up on Saturday.


Norman Asbjornson exits back-to-back wins in Pennsylvania and gets tested for class in his first start since Jan 15.


Starship Caesar is ambitiously placed after winning a starter allowance at Gulfstream Feb 4. He was nabbed out of a maiden claiming affair for $25,000 earlier this year. 


The Fed Eased will probably show speed from the rail. He easily broke his maiden in a local dirt sprint Jan 29.


Isn’t He Perfect has struggled in three starts since exiting the maiden claiming ranks last November.


The Gotham Stakes carries a purse of $250,000 and goes as the 10th race on Saturday. 

 

 

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