Racetrack will continue its stakes series for 3-year-olds on Saturday,
February 1 when it hosts the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers. The Withers will
be contested at 1 1/16 miles on the inner track and will be joined by
the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, $100,000 Busher, and $100,000
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In the Withers, Samraat, a 16 ¾-length winner of the Damon Runyon on December 18, is slated to face Uncle Sigh,
who broke his maiden by 14 ½ lengths on December 27. Both colts are New
York-breds who will be facing open company for the first time in the
Also expected for the Withers are Classic Giacnroll and Scotland, second and third, respectively, in the Grade 2 Jerome on January 4; Honorable Judge, who won an entry-level allowance in November at Parx Racing; and Street Gent, who captured an Aqueduct maiden race in December.
the upcoming weeks, Aqueduct will conduct the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham
on March 1 and the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 5. All are
points races in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.
Veteran sprinter Strapping Groom, a 7-year-old,will
look to pair up wins on the inner track when he rejoins graded stakes
company in the Toboggan. After capturing the Grade 1 Forego this summer
at Saratoga Race Course, Strapping Groom was third in the Grade 1
Vosburgh Invitational and fourth in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler before
regaining winning form with a 6 ½-length score in the Gravesend Handicap
on December 21 at the Big A. Also probable are Dads Caps, second behind Candyman E in the Spooky Mulder on December 13. Bet the Power and Jake N Elwood also are probable for the race.
who used front-running tactics to win the Busanda by two lengths, will
attempt to double her stakes tally in the Busher for 3-year-old fillies.
Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile race are Ballylee, Fleet of Gold, Joint Return, and Vero Amore. Brown Rice is possible. The Busher is a points race in the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series.
Correction, run at six furlongs for fillies and mares, is likely to
attract a group of evenly matched, hard-knocking sprinters headed by Lion D N A, a gritty winner of the Interborough in her latest start, her second win of the inner-track meet. I'm Mom's Favorite and Uno Duo are scheduled to make their 4-year-old debuts after demonstrating plenty of ability at 3, while the well-bred 5-year-old mare, Delightful Quality, will again seek her first stakes victory. Baby J and P J's Superego complete the provisional lineup, with Villette possible for the race.