The $100,000 Gravesend Stakes for open-company sprinters will be contested this Saturday at Aqueduct. A field of eight will go postward in this six-furlong affair at approximately 3:17 p.m. EST. The Gravesend is the seventh race on a nine-race program. As always, feel free to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#2 DO SHARE (8-1) tries his highest level of competition to date but has plenty going for him in the Gravesend. He beat a salty allowance field off a significant layoff about a week ago for the surging Linda Rice (28%). DO SHARE also loves this course (3-2-0-1) and projects to get a fast pace to close into. The only minus is that Irad Ortiz Jr. lands elsewhere, but Junior Alvarado takes over.
#3 LIFE IN SHAMBLES (3-1), Ortiz Jr’s pick, was last seen running third in the Fall Highweight. Like all exiting that race, he’ll shed significant weight (10 pounds) as he attempts to put forth a better rally today. He was spun six-wide and was within a length of the lead before flattening out late that day. Like DO SHARE, LIFE IN SHAMBLES has an affinity for this course (6-2-2-1). Though trainer Steve Asmussen has been cold at the meet (6%), LIFE IN SHAMBLES has been training well for this.
#7 THREEFIVEINDIA (2-1, morning-line favorite) keeps Javier Castellano on for the ever-dangerous Chad Brown. He couldn’t overcome his burdensome 130-pound impost in the Fall Highweight last time out but carries just 116 pounds today. Despite the weight, he still managed to be second behind the classy Stallwalkin’ Dude while beating out LIFE IN SHAMBLES. THREEFIVEINDIA could get the first run at #4 CHIEF LION and #8 GREEN GRATTO, the two probable pacesetters.
The play: $2 exacta box 2/3/7, $1 exacta 7/2,3 ($14)
DFJ analysis: Irad Ortiz Jr. is the undisputed king of Aqueduct at the moment, and he’s lined up some quality mounts for the penultimate Saturday of the year. A pair of 4-5 shots should give him at least two ITM finishes before he climbs aboard LIFE IN SHAMBLES in the Gravesend. He’ll also have a longshot chance in the Queens County Stakes aboard Alex the Terror. Ortiz Jr. rides seven times in all.
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