Gift Box Seeks Grade III Score in Discovery

Twirling Candy colt has only missed the board in one start, the Travers (gr. I).

Set to make his first start since a fourth-place run in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course this summer, Gift Box will headline a competitive field of 11 in the $150,000 Discovery (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles Nov. 12 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Looking to pick up his first graded stakes win for owner Bill Farish and trainer Chad Brown, the gray or roan son of Twirling Candy  broke his maiden over an off track at Belmont Park in October of 2015.

In his first graded stakes try in the Remsen (gr. II) last November, Gift Box finished third before returning to start his 3-year-old campaign May 26 at Belmont, impressively winning an optional claiming allowance race by 4 1/2 lengths. Next time out, he finished second in the Curlin before entering the Travers.

Graded stakes winner Sunny Ridge will look to get back on track for owner Dennis Drazin and trainer Jason Servis. The son of Holy Bull has faced a gauntlet of graded stakes competition since breaking his maiden at Monmouth Park in June of last year.

Beginning his 3-year-old campaign winning the Withers Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct, he finished fourth in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) before returning to run third this summer in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and a last-time-out 11th in the grade II Pennsylvania Derby.

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Trainer Christophe Clement will saddle Governor Malibu for owners Jump Sucker Stables' and Oak Bluff Stables. Making his first start against open company since running fifth in the Travers, the son of Malibu Moon  went on to pick up a 7 1/2 length win in the slop against fellow New York-breds, and most recently ran second facing 3-year-olds and older Oct. 22 at Belmont in the Empire Classic for New York-breds.

Entries: Discovery S. (G3)

Aqueduct Racetrack, Saturday, November 12, 2016, Race 8

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:47 PM (local)
11Adulator (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez118James A. Jerkens7/2
22Hunter O'Riley (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado118James J. Toner30/1
33Gift Box (KY)Javier Castellano118Chad C. Brown3/1
44Sticksstatelydude (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario118Kiaran P. McLaughlin6/1
55Governor Malibu (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoe Bravo120Christophe Clement4/1
66Hot Seat (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateAntonio A. Gallardo118Jason Servis10/1
77My Man Sam (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.116Chad C. Brown8/1
88Neolithic (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano116Todd A. Pletcher15/1
99Wild About Deb (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz116Ramon Preciado15/1
1010Vulcan's Forge (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez118Todd A. Pletcher20/1
1111Sunny Ridge (NJ)Manuel Franco124Jason Servis20/1