Overanalyze draws outside post for Gotham
Todd Pletcher’s Overanalyze, who won the Grade 3 Remsen in his last start, drew the far outside post in the 12-horse field of Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
The Grade 3 Gotham is this weekend’s lone Kentucky Derby points race.
Sky Captain, scratched from last week’s Fountain of Youth because of a wide post, drew post 10 for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Miguel Mena.
Elnaawi, half-brother of To Honor and Serve, drew post nine for Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey Channing Hill.
In the Money will post a full analysis of the Gotham.
Forty Tales, Gombay Dancer headline competitive Swale Stakes
The seven-furlong, Grade 3 Swale at Gulfstream Saturday drew a top-notch field of 13.
Merit Man, fourth in the Hutcheson Stakes, is likely to scratch out of the race after drawing post 2 according to Mike Welsch of the Daily Racing Form.
Other Swale competitors include James DiVito’s Tulira Castle, ninth in the Holy Bull; Todd Pletcher’s Forty Tales, second in the Hutcheson and Eddie Kenneally’s maiden winner Gombey Dancer.
Future Pools for Derby and Oaks this weekend
The second edition of the Kentucky Derby Pool opens this weekend, as well as the only pool for the Kentucky Oaks.
Links to the available options for the pools and odds:
In the Money will post full analysis of both pools with best bets.
Smitten back on track
Smitten, sidelined from the Rachel Alexandra after she suffered a minor injury and missed training, will prep for the Fair Grounds Oaks in Saturday’s LaCombe Stakes on turf. The race could come off the turf due to the recent rain.
“We entered her this morning – turf or dirt,” said trainer Larry Jones. “We need to run in this race (LaCombe Memorial) if we’re going to make it to the Fair Grounds Oaks with her. She’s been training well since that little setback. She went five-eighths (1:02.60) last Sunday.
“She didn’t run bad in the one race she did run on grass,” said Jones. “It was the first start of her career back at Keeneland last fall, and she broke slow, but once she got going (from last in the 12-horse field) she rallied on the outside and closed very well to get fourth. Hopefully, this race Saturday will put us right back into the Oaks picture.”