Gotham Stakes

9 are set to go in the Gotham Stakes this Saturday at Aqueduct. Here is our analysis:

1-Dial Operator  one of 2 in the race who isn’t triple crown nominated other one is 8-Nine Route ~ is 2/2 lifetime never has raced past 5 1/2f  ~ his bris figure have been 77 & 91 ~ one of the 2 trained by Jason Servis ~ if he can stretch out could be a factor in this race

2-Cove Blue  has only his maiden win to talk about ~ one of the 2 Dale Romans trainees ~  appears way over his head today

3-Beautiful Shot  has been running in California now ships east where he avoids McKinzie & Bolt D’Oro ~ trained by Keith Desormeaux has won 2/3 lifetime races ~ hasn’t run in 119 days ~ his best game is coming off the pace ~ bris figures have been 82-92-85 ~will be using underneath

4-Whereshetoldmetogo  has 8 career races winning 3 of them ~ could round out the superfecta but don’t see him in the top 3

5-Firenze Fire  winner of 4/7 lifetime starts one of them at Aqueduct ~ the other Jason Servis trainee ~ he has a GR 1 victory to his credit winning the Champange at Belmont last October ~ got really thumped in the BC Juvenile coming in 7th beaten 20 lengths  ~ in his 2 starts this year he has a win & second place finish ~ not sure what to expect out of him

6-Free Drop Billy  scratched out of the FOY to run here ~ trained by Dale Romans ~ has a GR 1 victory to his credit winning the Breeders Futurity at Keeneland last October ~ he was thumped in the BC Juvenile coming in 9th beaten by 29 lengths ~ his lone start this year was in the Holy Bull where Audible beat him by 5 1/2 lengths he earned a 99 bris figure ~ could be the post time favorite but won’t be our top pick

7-Old Time Revival  has just his maiden win to his credit & has been racing in Maryland ~ will be just off the pace could hang around longer than expected ~ has been working very well for this race

8-Nine Route  is 3/3 on dirt & at Aqueduct  ~ is the lone NY bred in the race ~ his career high bris figure is 88 ~ will be on the lead but don’t expect him to be around once the real running begins

9-Enticed  2 victories out of 4 lifetime starts ~ flopped in the Holy Bull as the $1.90/1 post time choice ~ Junior Alvarado jumps back on for the ride ~ another one in here with many question marks

Final Analysis: very tough race to figure out most of the contenders have more questions than answers. I’ve landed on 1-Dial Operator he’s got lots of upside compared to the others in here, will be a square price as well. Will save with 9-Enticed

Betting Strategy: W/P 1-Dial Operator  exacta: 1/3,6,7,9  triple:  1/3,6,7,9/3,5,6,7,9    Saver exacta:  9/1,3,6,7   triple:  9/1,3,6,7/1,3,5,6,7



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