Withers Stakes 2014 Contenders & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Withers Stakes comes our way from Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York this Saturday, February 1. A group of three year olds will take to Aqueduct's main track and go 1 1/16 miles for the winner's portion of the $250,000 purse and the 10 qualification points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

A small field of six will line up in the Withers Stakes - race 9 on Aqueduct's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:20 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all six entries for this Grade 3 stakes -a major prep for the $1 million Wood Memorial April 5.

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Samraat - Richard Violette trained New York bred colt will try to remain perfect in his career. He has three starts and three wins - last time out in his stakes debut - the listed Damon Runyon Stakes by an astounding 16 3/4 lengths here December 18 after an Allowance score on this track November 22 and a MSW by 3 1/2 lengths score in his debut at Belmont Park in October. Samraat departs from post 5 as the 7-5 favorite Saturday with Jose Ortiz in the saddle.

Uncle Sigh - another New York bred will race for the third time for trainer Gary Contessa - both previous starts coming on this track. He broke maiden last time out December 27 by an incredible 14 1/2 lengths after a second in his debut - another MSW December 7. Uncle Sigh is listed as the 9-5 second choice and will line up from the rail with Pablo Morales aboard.

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Classic Giacnroll - the most experienced of the entries, his six career starts produced two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. Last time out was a very good third in the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes here January 4 after a second in his stakes debut - the minor Marylander Stakes at Laurel Park December 7 and two wins at six furlongs in September. Classic Giacnroll is 5-1 on the morning line and leaves from post 4.

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Scotland - Anthony Dutrow trained colt had two starts in 2013 and two second place finishes - in a MSW here November 30 after another second in his debut at Laurel Park October 30. Last time out was a good third behind Classic Giacnroll in the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes here January 4. Scotland will line up in post 3 as the 8-1 fourth choice.

Street Gent - has four career starts - all MSW races. He broke maiden last time out in gate-to-wire fashion December 1 on this track after a third November 2 also here. He did fail to place in his first two starts however - an eighth in his debut in September and a seventh in October - both of those results at Belmont Park. He is 12-1 on the morning line and departs from post 2. Irad Ortiz gets the mount.

Honorable Judge - has three career starts with two wins - his only blemish was a tenth in his only stakes action so far - the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. He broke maiden in his debut at Parx in August and is coming off an Allowance score at Parx November 3.


2014 Withers Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Aqueduct Racetrack's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:20 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Uncle Sigh P. Morales G. Contessa
9-5
2 Street Gent I. Ortiz, Jr. L. Gyarmati
12-1
3 Scotland K. Carmouche A. Dutrow
8-1
4 Classic Giacnroll C. Velasquez L. Guerrero
5-1
5 Samraat J. Ortiz R. Violette, Jr.
7-5
6 Honorable Judge J. Bisono R. Reid, Jr.
15-1

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