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Vyjack Confirmed for Gotham Stakes

Favorite Vyjack with Cornelio Velasquez holds off 41 - 1 longshot Siete de Oros to win143rd running of the Grade II Jerome Stakes for 3-year olds, going 1 mile 70 yards on the inner dirt, at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Owner Pick Six Racing **
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez was counting his blessings on Sunday, six days in advance of Vyjack’s expected start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and Aqueduct Racetrack’s primary prep race for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 6.

 

Vyjack, owned by David Wilkenfeld’s Pick Six Racing, is unbeaten in three starts, all at Aqueduct. In his most recent outing, he contested the pace and wore down Siete de Oros to win the Grade 2 Jerome by a head on January 5 at Aqueduct. It was Rodriguez’s biggest victory since making the transition from riding to training in 2010.

 

“I’m still dreaming. It’s a very good feeling,” said Rodriguez. “I’m very lucky to have him. The competition is going to get tougher, so he’ll have to keep stepping up.”

 

On Thursday Rudy Rodriguez sent out Vyjack for a six-furlong breeze over the inner track, with the gelded son of Into Mischief covering the distance in 1:15.13.

 

“He did it very good and did him everything we asked him to do,” said Rodriguez. “It looks like he’s coming into the race in good shape. He’s going a little longer this time, so we had him breeze six furlongs and gallop out seven eighths.”

 

Rodriguez also has a prime contender for the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap for sprinters in Head Heart Hoof, a 7-year-old gelding who picked up his first graded stakes victory in his 50th start when he won the Grade 3 Toboggan on February 2.

 

“I’m hoping he draws a good post [in the Tom Fool],” said Rodriguez, who trains Head Heart Hoof for a partnership headed by Michael Dubb. “The [outside] post helped him last time. He likes the inner track, which is why he’s running his best races now. We’re lucky to have him around.”

 

 

 

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Older Comments about Vyjack Confirmed for Gotham Stakes...

I agree-lal859, Likely Johnny V for his first start of 2013, let's hope he moves forward from that nice Remsen score last year.
i thinks its overanalyzes race to lose anyone know whos riding? ramon gave one of the best rides this year on this guy(hard to replace)
I still like Escapefromreality, my Withers pick.

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