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Aqueduct: Willy Beamin a solid favorite in Discovery
By Dave Litfin
Three-year-old males get their final graded-stakes opportunity of the New York season in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery Handicap, once around Aqueduct’s main track at 1 1/8 miles.
The Discovery, won by the likes of Kelso, Forego, Dynaformer, and Evening Attire, is race 8, and part of a $250,000 late pick four that gets under way with the If Winter Comes overnight stakes (race 6) at 2:45 p.m. Eastern.
Willy Beamin, who won Albany Stakes and the Grade 1 King’s Bishop from off the pace in a four-day span at Saratoga, breaks from outside in a field of six. He is the solid 7-5 favorite for Richard Dutrow Jr., who won last year’s Discovery with Redeemed.
Redeemed came into the Discovery off a win in the Oklahoma Derby, and Willy Beamin follows a similar schedule after getting caught in the final jump of that race nearly seven weeks ago. That snapped a six-race win streak for the New York-bred gelding, who was claimed for $25,000 at the Big A on March 23 and is the only graded stakes winner among the group.
“He’s good, real good,” said the embattled Dutrow, who is fighting a 10-year revocation of his training license. “I wish I were doing as good as he is. He drew pretty good, though, and hopefully things will go his way on Saturday.”
Called to Serve, who was third, beaten a head by Willy Beamin in the Oklahoma Derby, makes his second start for Nick Canani following a nose loss to Our Entourage in the Temperence Hill overnight stakes at Belmont.
Our Entourage was claimed out of a turf race for $65,000 by David Jacobson at Saratoga, and promptly won both of his dirt starts in October, including the Temperence Hill. He returns to dirt after finishing off the board in the Montserrat overnight stakes on turf 13 days ago.
Stephanoatsee, sidelined by a pastern injury following a runner-up finish to Alpha in the Count Fleet Stakes last winter, has won two of three starts since returning in mid-August for Graham Motion, taking a first-level allowance and the Barbaro Stakes, with a dead-rail trip in the Pennsylvania Derby in between.
“His first race back was a conservative spot, and I think being stuck down on the rail in the Pennsylvania Derby may have cost him,” said Motion. “And then his race in the Barbaro was a good one.”
Guilt Trip has run just three times, and spots experience to stakes-seasoned foes as he comes off maiden and first-level allowance wins for Chad Brown.
“He had some issues, and we got a late start,” said Brown. “As a 2-year-old, he was one of our top prospects. It’s nice to see him get his career under way.”
Adirondack King, second in the Barbaro for Parx Racing-based John Servis, completes the lineup.
Soldat heads second stakes
Soldat, a dual graded stakes winner whose only start since the 2011 Kentucky Derby was a turf allowance win at Gulfstream in March, heads an overflow field in the If Winter Comes, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf.
The overnight event, which could easily pass for a graded race, also lured stakes winners Lubash, Beau Choix, Queen’splatekitten, Tune Me In, Philly Ace, Roadhog, Joes Blazing Aaron, and See Tobe.
◗ My Wandy’s Girl ($7.10), the queen of Camarero Race Park in Puerto Rico earlier this year, made it nine straight wins after coming through on the rail with Ramon Dominguez to overtake Mildly Offensive in Thursday’s Pentelis overnight stakes for new trainer Mike Hushion.
My Wandy’s Girl ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.75 on a fast main track, and improved to 14-2-1 from 18 starts.
Kid Kate flattened out in the stretch as the even-money choice, and finished a well-beaten third, as Enchante, Curlina, and Winnie Dixie completed the order of finish.
Called To Serve is due for some racing luck! His last race was a disaster. Maybe Rosario will be the key?
take chad and graham cracker the wheels will come off willie love ya ricky keep the chin up what will u do be a bloodstock agent u would b good at that
Are those tears for Dutrow???
Hope Soldat wins for Namcook Stables....nice people who stand by the horses.
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