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2015 Gotham Stakes

Gotham at Aqueduct

SamraatThis weekend we’ll see 3 Kentucky Derby Points Races in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, the San Felipe at Santa Anita and the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs. All of these races are a part of the Kentucky Derby Points System and will award the top 4 finishers in each race points toward their entrance in this year’s Kentucky Derby. If you are unfamiliar with the points system or just want all of the information concerning these races, see our post here- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. Be sure and bookmark that page for future reference as we are constantly updating it as these races take place and get us that much closer to this year’s Derby! In last year’s Gotham Stakes, we saw Samraat squeak out a neck win over Uncle Sigh.  Samraat paid $6.40 for that win. Let’s see how this year’s Gotham is shaping up!

Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct

El KabeirThe $400,000 Grade 3 Gotham Stakes is the 9th race on the card at Aqueduct on Saturday and will feature a field of 10 three year olds traveling 1 1/16 mile. The morning line favorite is El Kabeir at 8/5. El Kabeir ran second in his last outing in the Grade 3 Withers, but had wins prior to that in the Grade 3 Jerome at Aqueduct and the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill. Next on the ML is Classy Class at 7/2.  Classy Class ran third in the Withers and looks for a shot of redemption here against El Kabeir. The problem with both El Kabeir and Classy Class is that they like that front end early lead, along with numerous other entries here. TencendurBecause of this, I’m looking at Tencendur at 8 to 1 on the morning line as my value play. He was the 4th place finisher in the Withers, but never really got going. He was able to maintain the 4th place spot for most of this race, and he will need to show some closing speed if he hopes to win this one. He’s had 2 hot workouts since that race and I believe he will be ready to run here. For a longshot play, I like Combat Driver at 12 to 1. He has won at this distance before at Belmont in come from behind fashion and I look for him to have a big race here. Good luck everybody!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com 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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