M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb will return to Aqueduct Racetrack for his next start in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 4, trainer Cal Lynch confirmed Feb 22.
Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables' impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes.
The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2017 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 25 stakes worth over $3 million in purses.
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable has more than one undefeated 3-year-old securely on the Triple Crown trail.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. read blog
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase
Some 3-year-olds who have shown potential will take aim at a breakthrough victory in the Gotham Stakes March 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack but the promise of those 3-year-olds will be tested by Sunny Ridge.
The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.
Field taking shape for Kentucky Derby prep March 5 race at Aqueduct.
Tampa Bay Downs, Santa Anita, Aqueduct, Oaklawn Park, Gulfstream, Sunland and More. View Slideshow
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir continued his success on the New York circuit March 7, running to a polished victory in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The transcript for the Live Chat is now available.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby, and Gotham Stakes. read blog
Zayat Stables' El Kabeir looms the one to beat in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack March 7.
The veteran reinsman has already developed a great rapport with the Florida-bred son of Scat Daddy, who is pointing for the March 7 Gotham (gr. II) and has become very special at this point in Lopez's career.
Multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir, most recently second in the Withers (gr. II), had his final serious work March 1 at Belmont Park for the $400,000 Gotham (gr. III) March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Minority interest in Withers Stakes winner Far From Over sold to James Covello and Sol Kumin's Madaket Stable.
Far From Over and El Kabeir, the first two finishers in the Withers Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7, could be headed for a rematch in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in one month at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Steve Haskin
This was a time of filled grandstands and of sound and healthy horses, most of whom were coming off much-needed vacations of their own. read blog
Trainer Gary Contessa, the winner of more than 2,000 races, sends out his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter May 3 with New York-bred Uncle Sigh.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin examine the Santa Anita Handicap field, the history and memorable horses. Steve and Lenny recap the Gotham Stakes, rivalries, Del Mar's dirt and interview trainer Nick Zito about Spot. watch video
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin examine the Santa Anita Handicap field, the history and memorable horses. Lenny asks if D. Wayne Lukas has ever ventured to the Big Cap before? Steve and Lenny recap the Gotham Stakes and rivalries. The duo interview trainer Nick Zito about Spot and Spot's connections. Finally Lenny expands on the Del Mar track returning to dirt.
Listen to Steve Haskin state the case for the rivalry of Samraat and Uncle Sigh.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Swale Stakes, Palm Beach Stakes, and of course the Gotham Stakes. watch video
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|Afleet Again||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||
|Awesome Act||Jeremy Noseda||
|I've Got the Fever||John P. Terranova, II||
|Nacho Friend||Kelly J. Breen||
|Peppi Knows||Kimberly A Graci||
|Shrimp Dancer||Michael R. Matz||
|Three Day Rush||Jane Cibelli||
|Turf Melody||H. Graham Motion||
|Wow Wow Wow||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Yawanna Twist||John Parisella||
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