Aqueduct’s $125,000 Queens County Stakes is the richest race on the thoroughbred calendar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of seven colts and geldings looking to boost their résumés before year’s end. Post time for the Queens County, the eighth of nine races on the day at “The Big A,” is 3:46 p.m. ET.
#4 MAJOR CABBIE (5-2) takes a steep class drop out of last month’s Grade I Clark at Churchill Downs. He finished a distant fifth that day behind a much-the-best Tom’s d’Etat. MAJOR CABBIE had won each of his last two races against allowance foes prior to that disappointing effort, both in gate-to-wire style. However, he is not necessarily a need-the-lead type. MAJOR CABBIE gets a solid rider upgrade to Junior Alvarado; look for him to work out the right trip in the Queens County and land the victory.
#7 HAN SENSE (6-1) has struggled with consistency this year but has managed to string together two solid efforts going into the Queens County. He won a high-level claiming event at Keeneland two starts ago before nearly wiring the Richard W. Small Stakes at Laurel. It took a classy foe in Sunny Ridge to wear HAN SENSE down that day. Trainer Kelly Breen and jockey Julio Correa combine forces here.
#2 STAN THE MAN (9-5, morning-line favorite) has not been seen since June but should at least land a share here. He won two starts over this course last winter before missing the board in two of his last three stakes tries. STAN THE MAN aced allowance foes in his previous try off a big layoff last November. Dylan Davis maintains the assignment on this son of Broken Vow who won his only career start going 1 1/8-miles.
The play: $4 exacta 4/2,7, $2 exacta 2,7/4 ($12)
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