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In Trouble Can Get There In The Gotham!

3/1/2014 12:34 PM
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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 irons today.

#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

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