Withers Stakes

NYRA-Hosted Cross Country Pick 5 Returns February 1

The New York path to the Kentucky Derby trail continues on February 1 at the Big A with the 140th renewal of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, which offers 10-4-2-1 qualifying points to the top-four finishers. The Saturday, February 1 card will also feature the return of the popular Cross Country Pick 5, which in […]

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Remsen Victor Shotski, Fast Maiden Winner War Stopper Eye Feb. 1 Withers

Trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer still has Grade 2 Remsen winner Shotski on track for the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, which offers 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers, on February 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y. O’Dwyer said the son of Blame will likely breeze on Friday morning at his Laurel Park base. […]

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Monday Morning QB ‘Training Lights Out’ For Potential Withers Start

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Monday Morning Qb took a step up in class last out when notching a first stakes victory in the Heft at Laurel Park, just one month following a second-out maiden score. Trainer Robert “Butch” Reid said the dark bay colt could target a start on the Road to the […]

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Tax ‘Doing Phenomenal’ Ahead Of Jim Dandy

R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s graded-stakes winner Tax remains on target to make his return in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets, exiting a sharp final work in good shape. Working in company, Tax blazed four furlongs over the main track in 47.09 seconds […]

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Sunny Ridge Rides The Rail To Salvator Mile Win

Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite, Dennis Drazin’s homebred Sunny Ridge got the job done in Saturday’s Grade 3 Salvator Mile. The 6-year-old son of Holy Bull defeated second choice Diamond King by about three-quarters of a length at the wire, earning his first graded win since 2016. Jose Lezcano piloted the Jason Servis […]

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‘Push-Button’ Tax Has Alvarado Excited For Third Derby Mount

Count jockey Junior Alvarado among those impressed with Tax’s blistering half-mile work on Thursday in preparation for the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby. Alvarado, who is set to make his third career Derby mount when he pilots Tax on May 4 at Churchill Downs, watched as Tax recorded a 47.80-second breeze, the fastest of […]

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Tax Bulls His Way Through At The Rail For Withers Score

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax made a bullish move to gain the upper hand in Saturday’s G3 Withers Stakes, forcing his way through a narrow hole at the rail and racing on gamely to hit the wire a head in front. Off as the 2-1 top […]

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Our Braintrust Hopes To Outsmart Rivals In Grade 3 Withers, Collect Derby Points

After being purchased privately earlier this month, Our Braintrust will make his first start for new owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse while also attempting to earn more Kentucky Derby qualifying points Saturday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack. Offering 10-4-2-1 qualifying points for the “Run for the Roses” on May […]

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Le General Defects From Withers; Moretti Could Inherit Favoritism

New York-bred Le General came out of his latest workout with a sore suspensory ligament, according to drf.com, and will not be entered in Saturday’s G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. The two-time winner in restricted company was expected to be the morning-line favorite in the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Instead, that position may […]

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Mind Control Readies For Distance ‘Test’ In Withers

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, who captured the 149th running of the $150,000 Jerome on New Year’s Day, will take his next step towards the Kentucky Derby in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, slated for Saturday, February 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Greg Sacco, the talented son of Stay Thirsty picked […]

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