The bet action is graded for the calendar year on the New York Racing Association circuit starting January 28 at Aqueduct race track with the veteran sprinter editor led a field of nine in a $150,000 seven-hair Toboggan (G3) bet on older horses.
Dublin Fjord Stables, Racepoint Stables, Kevin D. Hilbert, and Thomas E. O’Keefe’s Drafted, a 9-year-old gray or guinea pig boy Field Committee first appeared in 2023 with 10-3-4 ledger after 33 starts and earned $1,157,443 as the lone millionaire of the field.
He will be looking for a repeat Toboggan win after edging past last year’s edition by 4 and a half to win his first race in nearly three years. A win on Saturday would make him the first repeat Toboggan winner since Calibrachoa (2011-12) and will add his name to the long list of double Toboggan winners, including, among others, the fan-favorite Affirmed Success (2002-03), also such as the Hall of Famers Eight Thirty (1940-41) and Devil Divers (1943-44).
Coached by David Duggan, Drafted had a prosperous season in 2022, including winning the May 14 Runhappy Stakes (G3) at Belmont ParkJune 4 Mr. Prospector Staking at Monmouth Park, and the score ends December 30 Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct. In addition, he was beaten for the third time by Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner 10 3/4 length. elite power during Vosburgh Stakes (G2) in October at Belmont in Big A; and ranked fifth, by the same margin, against Cody’s Wish the next winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), in the Forego Stakes (G1) in August at Racecourse Saratoga.
While Drafted continues to show a desire to compete, Duggan said his veteran warhorse will likely not face any heavyweights in this year’s sprint.
“We know where we are and we’re not going to go after the stars,” Duggan said. “We’re basically going to pick races where he can win.” “We’re going to work this out and then pick our spot from there. He’s nine years old and he’s a year younger than him, so you have to be realistic about where you spot him.”
Luis Rodriguez Castro will chase his first graded bet win as a jockey when guiding Drafted.
Draft will face a formidable foe in Rainbow’s End Racing Stable’s Monster Milton who hit a 4 to 4 record with seven runs on the main track.
Coach Tom Morley claimed Jack Milton’s 6-year-old son for $62,500 from a local claimant’s optional allowance on a sloppy and sealed track on Dec. at the Toboggan distance, on the way to the New Year’s Day score with seven miles longer than mud and sealed away.
Previously coached by John Servis, the Milton Monster was the clear winner of 12 3/4 length in his seven-stage debut last January at The Parx . Race, record the best 101 Beyer Speed Image of a career. He finished third in the Stymie Stakes in March at Big A before completing the trio behind Drafted in Mr. Prospector in June, three starts after that.
Double Crown Wins Kelso Handicap at Belmont At The Big A
Coach Norman “Lynn” Cash joined winner Kelso Handicap (G2) Double crowns and Rick the pirate . Both horses were cross-entered at Parx with Double Crown listed in the one-mile allowance on January 30, while Pirate Rick was entered in the allowable sprint on January 31, including including potential Toboggan aspirants Wendell Fong .
Double Crown has been conspicuously beaten in three of his games since a 42-1 defeat in Kelso on October 29 in Belmont at Big A, where he faces his favorite team. prefer Baby Yoda in deep intervals to win with 1 3/4 length. 6 year old Bourbon Courage gelding ranked 10th in the Queens County Stakes on January 7 at Big A.
While the Double Crown looks set to return to winning form, steady friend Pirate Rick enters the Toboggan after a four-win streak. Liam’s Map gelling, 6, ends in a short break, capturing one claimant for the local six furlong allowance option on January 22 by seven miles while earning 104 Beyer. One winner grants six furlongs at Mahoning Valley Racecourse and Racecourse for mountain climbers in the final part of 2022, the Rick Pirates will make their first start with seven stretchers in the Toboggan.
Coach Juan Avila will be transporting Victoria’s Ranch’s baby Vic to New York by way of Parx in search of a second career score. 4 years old Realistic jokes bay captured the City of Laurel Stakes in November at Laurel Park in his only start, he covered seven long distances before finishing a post-Drapped in Gravesend.
Boasting a consistent 4-2-1 record in 11 starts and an income of $206,230, Little Vic showcased his abilities on the track with all four wins coming on different tracks. . He broke his maidenhood at Gulfstream Park first asked in September 2021 before winning a six-part grant in May at Monmouth Park. He beat the next two winners in one Delaware Park grants in October before capturing Laurel City.
Little Vic will race against the flash.
Also invading from Parx are Double B Racing Stables’ rock repo , who won two bets at the Philadelphia oval for coach Jamie Ness. 2nd place in Toboggan last year, 5 year old kid water tap gelding beat the stake winner ride a twisted bike and Beren in Let’s Give Thanks Stakes on November 23 before landing a 2023 debut in Blitzen Stakes on January 4.
Aqueduct race trackSaturday, January 28, 2023, Race 7
- Class III
- 4 years old and up
- 3:28pm (local)
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