Instead of 3-5 favorite Wicked Strong winning in his second start of the season, it was the 6-1 Effinex who made a sweeping move on the final turn and put away pacesetter Red Rifle to win the 1 1/4-mile test.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2011
Wicked Strong, winner of last year's TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), tries to get back on a winning track April 25 as he takes on seven opponents in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III).
A field of 11 will gather for the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course Nov. 29, contesting the only graded stakes and open event of Hawthorne Race Course's fall stand.
Effinex pulled the upset Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic, reeling in pacesetter So Lonesome to score at odds of 17-1 on Empire Showcase Day, the card for New York-breds at Belmont Park.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens' really big weekend at Saratoga Race Course concluded Aug. 24 with when the 55-year-old son of Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens won the $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes with Star Grazing.
West Point Thoroughbreds' aptly named Empire Dreams looks to break through July 12 in the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes, coming off back-to-back seconds for trainer Tom Albertrani in restricted company.
Kid Cruz, who was under consideration for a possible start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), tops the field of nine 3-year-olds entered in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes on the Belmont Park June 7 undercard.
Two New York-breds have claimed the prep series in their native state as part of a gutsy rivalry, but here comes this lightly raced Florida shipper with enough hype to overshadow all others in the April 5 Aqueduct test.
|Trainer||James A. Jerkens|
|Jockey||Angel S. Arroyo|
|Breeder||Dr. Russell S. Cohen|
|Effinex View Five-Cross Pedigree||Mineshaft||A.P. Indy|
|What a Pear||E Dubai|
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