2014 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct

Aqueduct’s Toboggan Stakes

Head Heart HoofOn Saturday February 1st, 2014 we have the $150,000 Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct. The Toboggan is the 6th race on the card at Aqueduct and will feature a field of 8 three year olds and up sprinting 6 furlongs. In last year’s edition of the Toboggan Stakes, Head Heart Hoof bested Johannesburg Smile by ½ of a length with Sinai running third. It was a slightly shorter field in last year’s race with only 6 entries, but this year’s event promises to be a real speed burner. Let’s take a peek and see if we can spot a payday!

Grade 3 Toboggan

Candyman EThe morning line favorite in the Grade 3 Toboggan is the coupled entry of Strapping Groom and Praetereo. The morning line is favoring Strapping Groom here since he is the real class of the two. Strapping Groom recently won the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct back in December, decimating the field in a 6 ½ length runaway victory. Along with that win, Strapping Groom has won the Lion Cavern at Belmont, the Kid Russell at Saratoga, and the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Needless to say, Strapping Groom will be the one to beat here and quite honestly, it will be a difficult task for any of these horses. If I had to pick a value/longshot play here, I would definitely go with Candyman E at 5 to 1 on the morning line. Candyman E has won his last two outings, his latest a ¾ length victory in the Spooky Mulder Stakes at Aqueduct back in December. He’s the only horse in this field that (in my opinion) could make a run at Strapping Groom, but it’s really going to be a longshot. Like Strapping Groom and Praetereo, Candyman E is trained by David Jacobson and will have Charles Lopez in the irons. Good luck everybody!




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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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