Sometimes the contacts of the Kentucky Derby potential customer are forced to contact an audible on the path to the Triple Crown. Such may be the case with last year’s 2-year-old champ, Hansen. After a unsatisfactory runner-up finish towards the highly-regarded Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Recreation area last month, trainer Mike Manufacturer offers opted to dispatch Hansen out of south Florida to NY to try his submit the Quality 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 3.
The 1 1/16-mile Gotham Stakes signifies New York’s penultimate stage on the path to the Kentucky Derby, which concludes using the Quality 1 Real wood Memorial Stakes on Apr 7. Alpha, New York’s leading Derby contender centered off his wins in the Count number Fleet and Withers Stakes previously in the meet up with, is missing the Gotham and going right to the Wood.
The Gotham Stakes, named after NEW YORK, goes back to 1953 when it had been first run at old Jamaica Racetrack. Since becoming shifted to Aqueduct in 1960, the Gotham has already established a tiny checkered history. Until the 1990’s, a few of racing’s biggest titles earned the Gotham on the way towards the Triple Crown. But over the last 20 years roughly, the winners from the Gotham experienced little effect on the Triple Crown.
Nevertheless, the Gotham could possibly be in line to get a tiny renaissance. Because of slot machines heading on-line at Aqueduct this winter season, purses in NY possess exploded. The Gotham Stakes distributed in the prosperity as its handbag was bumped from $250,000 in 2011 to $400,000 in 2012.
Previous winners from the Gotham include Indigenous Dancer, who received a division from the inaugural Gotham in 1953; Dr. Fager, the 1967 champion and four-time champ in 1968; and Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown champion.
Hansen is likely to face a big field in the 2012 Gotham Stakes. THE BRAND NEW York Race Association said as much as 12 3-year-olds could fall into line for the Gotham. Additional major contenders consist of two colts through the effective Todd Pletcher barn-Raconteur and Dan and Sheila-Stakes champion My Adonis for trainer Kelly Breen and Consortium for Kiaran McLaughlin.
Raconteur enters the Gotham Stakes off consecutive victories in Aqueduct, even though Dan and Sheila was a decent 4th in the Quality 3 Lecomte Stakes in Fair Grounds in only his second profession begin. My Adonis earned a Stakes at Delta Downs last Fall and exits a third-place end behind Hansen in the Holy Bull. Consortium was a unsatisfactory 6th in the Holy Bull in his last begin.
The Stakes record at its current distance of just one 1 1/16-kilometers was set by I’D LIKE Revenge, who won this year’s 2009 running in 1:42.65.
New York-based trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey has received 3 Gotham’s to lead all instructors. Five jockeys possess earned the Gotham 3 x to business lead their particular category. The only person still active can be Southern California-based jockey Mike Smith.