OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes will be contested this Saturday, October 1 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Horses three years old and upward will gather to dash six furlongs on Belmont Park's dirt track searching for the winner's share of the $350,000 purse.
Eight older entries will give it a go in the Vosburgh Stakes - race 9 on Belmont Parks stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:11 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all eight entries for this intriguing Grade 1 strakes -a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint.
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A.P. Indian 1-1 - Arnaud Delacour trained gelding has placed in 14 of 16 career starts - an impressive 10 wins and four runner-up finishes. He enters on a five race win streak - the Grade 1 Forego Stakes last time out at Saratoga August 27, the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes July 30, the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes July 9, the minor Donald LeVine Memorial (for the second year in a row) at Parx and the minor Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park in May. Before that were a pair uncharacteristic sixths in stakes races to end his 2015 campaign. A. P. Indian has been competitive virtually every time out and will be after his sixth straight stakes score (third straight Grade 1) form post 5. Joe Bravo gets the call on the even money favorite.
X Y Jet 7-2 - Jorge Navarro trained gelding saddle up for the first time since March on Saturday. Before the layoff he was impressive - a second in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan March 26 followed five straight wins - the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint in February, the minor Sunshine Millions Sprint in January, the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector in December and two straight Allowance Optional Claiming races. Overall he has six wins, six seconds and a third place finish in 15 career starts and will try to shake the rust from gate 6. Emisael Jaramillo has been tabbed to ride the second betting choice.
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Holy Boss 4-1 - Steve Asmussen trained colt had four race win streak to start 2015 - by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes August 1 after two minor stakes scores - the Chick Lang in May and the Bachelor Stakes in April to go along with an Allowance Optional Claiming in March. He has been just OK in seven starts since - a second last time out in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga July 30 followed a third behind Joking in the Grade 2 True North Stakes June 10, a fifth in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes in May, an OK third in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes in April, a fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, a fourth in the Grade 3 Ogden Phoenix Stakes October 2 and a third in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes last August. He has 15 career starts with five wins, two seconds and two third place finishes and enters this week in decent form. John Velazquez has been tabbed with getting Holy Boss his first win in over a year from gate 2 Saturday.
Joking 8-1 - Charlton Baker trained gelding has nine wins, eight seconds and eight third place finishes in 38 career starts. He enters this week in career best form - a win last time out in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 True North Stakes on this track June 10 followed a win in the minor Diablo Stakes here May 8 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Aqueduct in April. He has placed in five straight ahead of this weekend and tries to make it four wins in a row from post 3. Manuel Franco has been tabbed with accomplishing that goal from post 3.
Stallwalkin' Dude 8-1 - David Jacobson trained gelding has 15 wins, four seconds and seven third place finishes in 44 career starts and enters in OK form. Last time out was a decent third behind A.P. Indian in the Forego Stakes at Saratoga August 27 which followed a win in the minor Tale of the Cat Stakes August 12, a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 14 and consecutive fifths - the minor Diablo Stakes in May and the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in April. Before that was an Allowance score at Parx March 21, a third in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap March 12 and a fifth in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park December 19. He also a third in the 2015 Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes September 26, a win in the 2015 Tale of the Cat Stakes at Saratoga August 23, a second in the minor Teddy Drone Stakes August 2 and a third in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship in July, 2015. Stallwalkin' Dude has been OK lately and will be after his first graded stakes score from post 7 Saturday. Irad Ortiz will be in the saddle.
Dannie's Deceiver 20-1 - David Cannizzo trained colt has three wins and three seconds in 12 career starts. He made his graded stakes debut last time out and finished an OK fourth in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga August 27. He was decent before that - a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 14 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track June 11, a second and another win respectively in a pair of similar races in the spring. Dannie's Deceiver arrives in decent form and will be chasing his first stakes score from the outside gate 8. Jose Ortiz will be in the irons.
Weekend Hideaway 20-1 - has posted six minor stakes wins in his career but no graded stakes scores. Two of those minor stakes scores came earlier this year - the Affirmed Success Stakes April 29 and the Commentator Stakes in May - both at Belmont Park. Last time out was another win - an Allowance at Saratoga August 22 which followed a fourth in the minor John Morrissey Stakes July 28. He now has 11 wins, four seconds and four third place finishes in 33 career starts and will line up from the rail with Luis Saez aboard.
Green Gratto 30-1 - Gaston Grant trainee won the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap in November and has been up and down since. He arrives off an OK second in the minor New Jersey Breeders Handicap at Monmouth Park August 28 after a nice win in the minor Hockessin Stakes at Delaware Park July 16 and a couple of unflattering results - a fifth in the Grade 3 Belmont Sprint Championship July 9 and an eleventh in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational in June. He has placed in just four of 10 graded stakes tries, has seven wins, eight seconds and eight third place finishes in 46 career starts and arrives in so-so form. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche will try to guide Green Gratto to his first graded stakes score this year - from gate 4.
2016 Vosburgh Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:11 PM.
|1||Weekend Hideaway||20-1||Luis Saez||Philip Serpe|
|2||Holy Boss||4-1||John Velazquez||Steven Asmussen|
|3||Joking||8-1||Manuel Franco||Charlton Baker|
|4||Green Gratto||30-1||Kendrick Carmouche||Gaston Grant|
|5||A. P. Indian||1-1||Joe Bravo||Arnaud Delacour|
|6||X Y Jet||7-2||Emisael Jaramillo||Jorge Navarro|
|7||Stallwalkin' Dude||8-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||David Jacobson|
|8||Dannie's Deceiver||20-1||Jose Ortiz||David Cannizzo|