2014 Excelsior at Aqueduct

Aqueduct’s Excelsior Stakes

RomanshLet’s preview the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes for three year olds and upward going a distance of 11/8 miles for a purse of $150,000. The morning line favorite is the heavily favored duo of  Kiaran McLaughlin’s Long River and Thomas Albertrani’s Romansh. These two are trained by different trainers, but are owned by the same owners. Long River has won three in a row including two $100,000 stakes races. His last race was on January 18th, so he has had somewhat of a layoff. His running style is to lay just off the pace and try and win it down the stretch and that is just what he did in his last three races. He will get the services of Irad Ortiz. Romansh is also a four year old colt whom you remember ran in several graded stakes including the Travers and the Donn. He won the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap here in November. He is the reason why this entry is so heavily favored at 2 to 5. He will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.

Second choice in the ML is William Mott’s four year old colt Mr Palmer. He has of late been in the claiming ranks, but ran fifth to Romansh in the Discovery back in November. He likes to come from off the pace. He will have Manuel Franco in the irons. The third pick in the morning line is Todd Pletcher’s six year old gelding Percussion. This one’s style of running is to get out of the gate and go fast. Percussion’s last win was in May of last year at Belmont, but he gives an effort each and every time. So who will win this race? Although many believe that he has lost a step or two in recent outings, I am going with Percussion to go wire to wire with the heavily favored Romansh second and Mr Palmer third. Happy handicapping gals and guys!




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