Road to Kentucky Derby: Update
Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct
Frontrunners Mischevious Alex and Untitled look like serious contenders in the Gotham G3 at Aqueduct, a road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier awarding 50, 20, 10 and 5 points to the top four finishers respectively. Meanwhile, Attachment Rate will ship in for trainer Dale Romans, with War Stopper, Sixto and Informative rounding out an interesting contingent of last out maiden winners. Montauk Traffic will be making his first start in graded stakes company together with homebred stable mate, the first level Allowance winner First Deputy. Flap Jack, Celtic Striker and Necker Island complete the field of three year olds for this contest over the infamous one turn mile at Aqueduct Racetrack.
$250K Busher Invitational at Aqueduct
Lake Avenue comes in off a sharp four-length G2 win and Maedean, the favorite in the same event finishing second while closing substantial ground, appear to be the main threats here. Although Water White, Mo City and Inveterate will be running to win the race and merit close inspection.
1 1/16-miles Honeybee
Unbeaten Ring Leader will make her first start around two-turns, the bay daughter of Paynter, McLean Robertson-trained filly is a perfect three-for-three. Alta’s Reward will be running for the Steve Asmussen barn, off two victories at Fair Grounds. Turtle Trax, Motu and Raggedy Annie will be out for blood too.
Tampa Bay Derby
Chance It, the four out of six win machine starts for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., boasting a strong worktab at Gulfstream Park. Sole Volante, Market Analysis, Texas Swing and Unrighteous represent the dangers in the field of 12 lining up for the Tampa Bay Derby.