Today’s ninth race (3/1) at the Aqueduct is the 62nd running of the Gr. III
$500,000 Gotham Stakes. The Gotham
will also serve as a major Kentucky Derby prep race with the top four finishers
receiving 50, 20, 10 and 5 points respectively.
This race will feature three year olds running a mile and a sixteenth
over the inner dirt.
#2 – In Trouble
(5-1): Looking for a big race
from the son of Tiz Wonderful. Trainer
Tony Dutrow says In Trouble is in great shape so I have to take his word here. In Trouble is undefeated in two starts with
his most recent win coming in the Gr. II Belmont Futurity back in
September. The distance could be the
deciding factor but I think he can get it done here. Joe Rocco Jr. will be in the saddle.
#1a – Samraat
(5-2): The son of Noble Causeway comes into this race undefeated in
four starts with his most recent win coming in the Withers Stakes off a basic
match race with Uncle Sigh. Samraat edged
away late in the stretch to win by a length.
Should be right up on the pace with his usual running style so we will
see how much he has in the tank. Jose
Ortiz will ride for trainer Richard Violette.
#4 – Uncle Sigh
(3-1): Withers runner up with some nice recent works under his
belt. Dueled the whole way around the
track with Samraat last time out but eventually lost by a length. The pace in this race should be a little
quicker so we will see if he improves.
Contessa will put Corey Nakatani in the saddle.
#3 – Financial
Mogul (10-1): Coming second off a layoff here after his sixth place
finish in the Holy Bull Stakes down at Gulfstream. The pace was pretty good in that race so that
should have been a nice tune up.
Striking the board here is not out of the question for the son of Street
Boss. Shaun Bridgmohan will take the
#10 – Harpoon
(10-1): Finished extremely well
in the Sam F. Davis Stake down an Tampa Bay Downs back on February 1st. The quicker pace in here along with the
outside post should put him in good position turning for home. The roan colt by Tapit has turned out some
nice works as of late and Pletcher will switch to Irad Ortiz as well.
$5 to win, $10 to place, $20 to show on #2
$2 Exacta Box 1a-2
$1 Trifecta 1a/2 – 1a/2/3/10 – 1a/2/3/4/10
Total = $57