Escapefromreality denied Amberjack a sweep of the Big Apple Triple while earning his first stakes victory, leading all the way in the $150,000 Albany Stakes for New York-breds Aug. 21 at Saratoga Race Course.
Mike Lee Stakes winner Amberjack looks to take the next leg of the Big Apple Triple in the $150,000 New York Derby July 20 at Finger Lakes, the $250,000 bonus for the three-race series still within his reach.
New York Showcase Day June 1 at Belmont Park features eight stakes on a 10-race card restricted to New York-breds, with a variety of familiar contenders running for $850,000 in purses.
Trainer Chad Brown told Keeneland officials April 8 he will enter Balance the Books instead of Noble Tune in the April 13 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack was declared ready for $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) to be run April 6 after breezing March 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Other key contenders also were on the tab in New York and Florida.
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Pick Six Racing's Vyjack remained unbeaten in four starts and proceeded on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an impressive late run March 2 in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Gotham Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap. watch video
Heavy favorite will have to overcome the far outside post in his 3-year-old debut.
Booked full for the current season, young sire Frost Giant will be headed from his base in New York to stand at Yarradale Stud in Western Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season that begins in August.
Revolutionary, who had an eventful trip en route to victory in the $200,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, and runner-up Escapefromreality both could return in Wood Memorial (gr. I).
What WinStar Farm's Revolutionary lacks in seasoning he made up for in heart at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 2, closing late with a tremendously game effort to win the $200,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) by a neck.
- By Pete Denk
This weekend's spotlight race in the 3yo division is the $100,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
Odds-on choice Meeker Avenue nosed out Laila's Jazz at the wire and Kelli Got Frosty got up in the final strides as they won their respective divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds Nov. 11 at Aqueduct.
Several promising maiden winners on turf including Cerro, Noble Tune, and Quinzieme Monarque will challenge New York-bred stakes winner West Hills Giant in the Pilgrim Stakes.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Belief System||David Hunt||
|Call for the Clock||Mark A. Hennig||
|Captain Gaughen||James T. Ryerson||
|Huge Asset||Dominic G. Galluscio||
|Lightning Stone||William F. Allyn||
|Madam I'm Adam||Linda Rice||
|Meeker Avenue||Dominick Schettino||
|Orino||H. James Bond||
|Sneaky Freud||Todd A. Pletcher||
|West Hills Giant||John P. Terranova, II||
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