2014 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct

Aqueduct’s Withers Stakes

RevolutionaryOn Saturday February 1st, 2014 we kick off the new month with the $250,000 Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Named after David Dunham Withers (who won the race in 1890 with his colt, King Eric), this race has seen its fair share of champion horses since it was first run in 1874 at Jerome Park Racetrack. Almost a “who’s who” in racing, the Withers Stakes has seen the likes of Ack Ack, Dr. Fager, Native Dancer, Count Fleet, Man o’ War and Sir Barton as winners. Last year’s winner was Winstar’s Revolutionary, who went on to run 3rd in last year’s Kentucky Derby. The Withers is a Kentucky Derby Points Race and as mentioned in other posts, you can follow the point’s system leaderboard here- 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System. Let’s see what the 1st of February has in store for us at Aqueduct.

Grade 3 Withers Stakes

SamraatThe $250,000 Grade 3 Withers Stakes is the 9th race on the card for Saturday at Aqueduct and will host a field of 6 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The morning line favorite in this short field is Samraat at 7/5. The Richard Violette, Jr. trained colt is undefeated in 3 starts and will be ridden by regular jockey, Jose Ortiz. In his last outing, Samraat won the Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct by 16 lengths! Like the Withers Stakes, the Damon Runyon only had a 6 horse field, but a 16 length victory is pretty impressive, nonetheless. He’ll be a tough one to beat. Looking to contest him is the Gary Contessa trained Uncle Sigh at 9/5 on the ML. Ridden by Pablo Morales, Uncle Sigh is coming out of a 14 length victory in a straight maiden 65k at Aqueduct on December 27th. Although this will be his stakes debut, he has the potential to go with Samraat without question. These 2 will be fighting one another for that early lead along with a few others here, so for value, I’m going with Classic Giacnroll at 5 to 1 on the morning line. Trained by Lisa Guerrero, Classic Giacnroll finished 2nd in the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes, 2 lengths behind Noble Moon. This colt is fully capable of stalking the pace and I think he will be able to hang in there with Samraat and Uncle Sigh. Cornelio Velasquez gets the mount here and Classic Giacnroll will have the blinkers off in this one. I look for a big run from this son of Giacomo on Saturday. Good luck everyone!




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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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