Vosburgh Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer
Updated: September 27, 2012 -- 1:45 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes takes place this Saturday, September 29 from Belmont Park - host of a slew of important graded stakes action that day. Horses three years old and upward will go six furlongs in this Breeders' Cup Sprint Win and You're In race for a nice purse of $400,000.

The Vosburgh has attracted a field of 10 sprinters for this important stakes race. It is race 7 on Belmont Park's packed Saturday schedule with a post time of 4:04 PM. Let's take a gander into the past performances of all 10 entries and what brought them to this lucrative Grade 1 race.

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2012 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Race Favorites

Justin Phillip - raced to three consecutive sixth place finishes - last year's Vosburgh Invitational, the Grade 3 Bold Ruler and the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap all at Aqueduct before a second and a win respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional claiming. Since then Justin Phillip recorded a very impressive second in the Grade 2 True North behind Caixa Electronica, a third in the Mr. Prospector Stakes and another very good second behind long shot Poseidon's Warrior last time out in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt. He has placed in his last five starts and is one to watch on Saturday.

Sean Avery - has won five of his last six starts but endured a one year layoff between his win in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt last year and his win in the Affiliate Stakes on September 8. He has the form and the results - the question will be whether or not rust will still be a factor. Sean Avery is coupled with...

The Lumber Guy - has five career starts with three wins - the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes on April 21, the Miracle Wood Stakes on February 25 and a Maiden Special Weight race in January. His only losses include a fifth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 7 and a disappointing sixth last time out in the Grade 2 Peter Pan here on May 12. He returns to action after a four month layoff on Saturday.

Vosburgh Invitational Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries

Poseidon's Warrior - came out of nowhere in his last start and won the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap - his only win since a pair of minor stakes scores to end 2011. He has to be on the Vosburgh radar despite only one graded stakes placing.

Caixa Electronica - Todd Pletcher trained Caixa Electronica had won two big races in three starts - the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic Stakes on April 4 and the Grade 2 True North Handicap on June 8 before stumbling in his last three races - a fifth in the Grade 3 James Marvin on July 20, an eighth in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational on August 4 and a fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Forgo on September 1. He also finished an OK fourth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28. Caixa Electronica is hot and cold but when hot he is one to watch.

Fort Loudon - has raced in some big events - he finished fifth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, fourth in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes and seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Fort Loudon rattled off three straight wins between May and July of this year including the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes at Calder but followed that up with a disappointing fifth in the Amsterdam Stakes on July 29. He bounced back impressively most recently however with a second in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on August 25 and put himself on the Vosburgh radar with that result.

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Rothko - had quite a streak going (three sprint victories at Saratoga, Monmouth Park and Churchill Downs) before an impressive second place finish in his stakes debut - the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on December 26. 2012 has brought mixed results - a win in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes on June 2 was followed by a respectable second in the Iowa Sprint Handicap. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap. Rothko has been a tad inconsistent but when running well he has proven to be very competitive.

Royal Currier - had a two race win streak - a Starter Handicap at Aqueduct and the Diablo Stakes at Belmont on May 10 before a third last time out here in the Affiliate Stakes. His only graded stakes action so far this year resulted in a seventh in the Grade 2 True North and a fifth in the Grade 3 Tom Fool. He has won three of his last five starts overall and could be a sneaky entry for the Vosburgh.

Little Drama - is multiple graded stakes placed and a multiple stakes winner that had had a win last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming on August 20. Before that was a second in a similar race and a seventh in the Champali Stakes at Calder in May.

Zero Rate Policy - ended 2011 in fine form - a win in the Sunshine State Stakes and a second in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes but hasn't been the same in 2012 until recently. This year Zero Rate Policy had a fourth, a fifth an eighth and a seventh - all in minor stakes races before a pair of seconds in his last two starts - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga and the Affiliate Stakes here on September 8.

2012 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 7 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:04 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Sean Avery J. Bravo A. Iwinski
1A The Lumber Guy J. Velazquez M. Hushion
2 Poseidon's Warrior I. Ortiz, Jr. R. Reid, Jr.
3 Little Drama R. Maragh M. Mareina
4 Zero Rate Policy J. Lezcano T. Pompay
5 Fort Loudon C. Nakatani N. Zito
6 Rothko J. Leparoux S. Asmussen
7 Royal Currier S. Elliott P. Farro
8 Caixa Eletronica J. Castellano T. Pletcher
9 Justin Phillip R. Dominguez S. Asmussen

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Australia A 11:00 PM
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Wheeling Downs Mat 12:31 PM
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