2014 Sheepshead Bay

Sheepshead Bay at Belmont

AbacoIt’s time to preview the Grade 3 Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park. This race is for four year olds and upward going 13/8 miles on the inner turf course for a purse of $200,000. The morning line favorite is Christophe Clement’s Lady Cohiba. She is entered for the main track only and has no jockey named as of this writing. She has not been out since March and likes to be on or near the front end. Since she is not entered for the turf race let’s go on to another. Second choice in the ML is Claude McGaughey’s Abaco who will be ridden by John Velazquez. While she has not been out since early April she is a consistent Graded Stakes competitor. Her last win came in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill, and she has been on the board in two more Graded Stakes since then. She likes to make her charge from behind and will be one to deal with here.

Viva RafaelaThird choice in the morning line is William Mott’s Riposte with Joel Rosario in the irons. While she has only won twice, she likes making her run from the back of the pack. But again she has not been out since the early part of April. Picking the winner in this one will be a daunting task for me as I am just not a turf specialist, but I will give it an honest shot. I have to go with Todd Pletcher’s Viva Rafaela with Javier Castellano as the pilot. She likes to be on the front end and I think she may be the only one there. Since it appears that she loves to go the long distances, I believe that she will prevail. I think that Abaco will be second and Fitful Skies third. Take it as it comes guys and gals!



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