2023 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park

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Edited NYRA Press Release
Updated: June 06, 2023

2023 Jaipur offers a "Win and You're In" berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Caravel, Qatar Racing, Marc Detampel and Madaket Stables' reigning Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner, will again face males as part of an overflow field in the Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur Stakes, a six-furlong Widener turf sprint for 3-year-olds and upward at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 10.

The Jaipur offers a "Win and You're In" berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint which will be contested at five furlongs this November at Santa Anita Park.

The Jaipur is slated as Race 9 on Saturday's lucrative Belmont Stakes Day card. First post is 11:20 a.m. Eastern.

2023 Jaipur Stakes Field & Odds

Race 9 at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 10 - Post 4:19 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Yes and Yes 20-1 Florent Geroux
120 Lbs
David Donk
2 Go Bears Go (IRE) 12-1 Jose Ortiz
122 Lbs
Wesley Ward
3 Air Force Red 12-1 John Velazquez
124 Lbs
Leonard Powell
4 Mid Day Image 30-1 Kendrick Carmouche
120 Lbs
David Jacobson
5 Dr Zempf (GB) 8-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
Chad Brown
6 Ice Chocolat (BRZ) 30-1 Dylan Davis
120 Lbs
Mark Casse
7 Thin White Duke 30-1 Javier Castellano
120 Lbs
David Donk
8 Arrest Me Red 6-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
124 Lbs
Wesley Ward
9 Nothing Better 8-1 Manuel Franco
120 Lbs
Jorge Duarte, Jr.
10 Big Invasion 6-1 Joel Rosario
122 Lbs
Christophe Clement
11 Casa Creed 9-2 Luis Saez
124 Lbs
William Mott
12 Caravel 3-1 Tyler Gaffalione
121 Lbs
Brad Cox
13 Front Run the Fed 30-1 Reylu Gutierrez
120 Lbs
Caio Caramori
14 Surprise Boss 50-1 Trevor McCarthy
120 Lbs
Rafael Romero
15 Coppola 15-1 John Velazquez
120 Lbs
Dale Romans
16 Our Shot 15-1 Javier Castellano
120 Lbs
John Terranova, II

Trained by Brad Cox, the 6-year-old Mizzen Mast mare won 5-of-8 starts last year, taking the six-furlong Grade 3 Intercontinental here, as well as the 5 1/2-furlong Grade 3 Franklin at Keeneland. She made every pole a winning one to best the boys at odds of 42-1 in the 5 1/2-furlong Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November at Keeneland.

Caravel has returned in fine form this year with a pair of 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint wins in Kentucky, taking the Grade 2 Shakertown against males in April at Keeneland and the Unbridled Sidney on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs. She was re-routed to the Jaipur after initially being considered for the Group 1 King's Stand on June 20 at Ascot.

"She had some luck up there last year in the Intercontinental against the girls. She's trained extremely well this year. I'm super happy with the way she's been doing," Cox said. "I just thought this would make the most sense in trying to get her back to the Breeders' Cup and it's obviously going to be a step up. She's going to need to be at her best to take on the boys and get the job done, but she's doing well and we'll see how it goes."

Bred in Pennsylvania by her former owner and trainer Elizabeth Merryman, Caravel will exit post 12 in rein to regular pilot Tyler Gaffalione.

LRE Racing and JEH Racing Stable's Casa Creed [post 11, Luis Saez] has won the last two runnings of this event for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

The 7-year-old Jimmy Creed horse closed from deep to win the 2021 Jaipur at odds of 10-1 and showed similar dimensions last year when rallying to a half-length score over returning rival Arrest Me Red. The versatile bay added the one-mile Grade 1 Fourstardave to his ledger in August at Saratoga Race Course before finishing off-the-board in his final two starts of 2022, including a ninth-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Casa Creed traveled to Saudi Arabia for his seasonal debut and lost a heartbreaker in the Group 3 1351 Turf Sprint when a head back of Bathrat Leon. That effort nearly replicated his narrow defeat in that same event last year when a neck in arrears of the supremely talented Songline, who successfully defended the Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen on Sunday in Tokyo.

Casa Creed has kept good company while preparing for his return from a more than three-month layoff, working regularly with the reigning Champion Male Sprinter Elite Power, who will contest Saturday's Grade 2 True North.

"He and Elite Power have been breezing together and they seem to be doing well. I'm just hoping he can hold his form," said Mott, who has won the Jaipur a record five times.

Trainer Christophe Clement, a four-time Jaipur winner, will saddle the hard-luck Big Invasion [post 10, Joel Rosario] for owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

The 4-year-old Declaration of War colt reeled off six straight wins from February 2022 to August, scoring in the Texas Glitter at Gulfstream Park, the William Walker at Churchill Downs, the Paradise Creek at Belmont, as well as the Spa's Grade 3 Quick Call presented by Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Mahony.

Big Invasion's run came to an end in the Grade 2 Franklin-Simpson at Kentucky Downs in September where he was bumped hard at the break before closing to finish third to close out a prosperous campaign.

Although he was a smart winner of his seasonal debut when besting multiple graded-stakes winner Yes I Am Free in the Silks Run in March at Gulfstream, he again found trouble last out when seventh in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint on May 6 after losing position into the turn and checking hard at the eighth-pole.

Clement said Big Invasion has trained well into the Jaipur, posting a half-mile breeze in 49.35 on June 1 over Big Sandy.

"He's a very good horse and he will get lucky at some stage. Last time, it was overwhelming, but he's a good horse," Clement said. "He had a nice work and came out of it in good shape."

Trainer Wesley Ward, who won this event in 2014 with Undrafted, will saddle a pair of contenders in multiple graded-stakes winner Arrest Me Red [post 8, Irad Ortiz, Jr.] and multiple group stakes winner Go Bears Go [post 2, Jose Ortiz].

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Lael Stables' Kentucky homebred Arrest Me Red has made two strong starts over the Belmont green, capturing the 2021 Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational to earn a 100 Beyer Speed Figure and he earned a 102 figure for his prominent runner-up effort to Casa Creed last year.

Arrest Me Red was third in the Shakertown in his seasonal debut and followed four weeks later with a troubled fifth when attempting to defend his title in the 5 1/2-furlong Grade 2 Turf Sprint on May 6 at Churchill.

"He's been doing really well and I'm excited for the extra time. That really seems to help this guy. He'll have five weeks between starts," Ward said. "When you see him in the paddock, he's shining and looks unbelievably beautiful right now. But we aren't judging on looks, we're judging on how fast and how well they run. That added ground for a big guy like this won't hurt us, that's for sure."

AMO Racing's Go Bears Go, a 4-year-old Irish-bred son of Kodi Bear, was originally campaigned by trainer David Loughnane, taking the 2021 Group 2 Railway at the Curragh as well as the Group 3 Commonwealth Cup Trial Pavilion at Ascot and the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint at the Curragh last year.

Go Bears Go has made two trips to the Breeders' Cup, finishing a closing second to the Ward-trained Twilight Gleaming in the 2021 Juvenile Turf Sprint and 12th last year in the Turf Sprint. He entered from a closing third in his seasonal debut in the aforementioned Churchill Downs Turf Sprint while making his debut for Ward from a six-month layoff.

"He's a little guy. He's sort of a barn favorite, everybody loves the horse," Ward said. "When you see him on the track you think, `Wow, look at that 2-year-old go.' He puts his neck down and goes around there like an awesome little dude. He's a horse that has no problems and he ran a big race at Churchill, so I'm really looking forward to this race as well."

The multiple graded-stakes placed Ice Chocolat [post 6, Dylan Davis] is a five-time turf winner looking to break through at the top level for Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse.

Owned by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch, the 5-year-old Goldikovic gelding won the 2021 Group 3 IFHA over heavy turf at Gavea in his native Brazil before shipping to Casse's care in North America.

Ice Chocolat has raced mainly at Woodbine, finishing second over Tapeta in both the Grade 2 Kennedy Road in November and the Grade 3 Jacques Cartier last out on May 14. A two-time turf winner in Canada, he shipped stateside unsuccessfully for a pair of 5 1/2-furlong turf sprints, including a fifth in the Colonel Power in February at Fair Grounds.

"Some of the races were a little short for him, but he should prefer this distance better. It's a tough race and he'll have to step up his game," Casse said.

A stacked field includes graded-stakes winner Air Force Red [post 3, John Velazquez] for trainer Leonard Powell; Group 3-winner Dr Zempf [post 5, Flavien Prat] for trainer Chad Brown; the speedy multiple stakes-winner Nothing Better [post 9, Manny Franco] for trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr.; multiple graded-stakes placed Front Run the Fed [post 13, Reylu Gutierrez] for conditioner Caio Caramori; the graded stakes-placed half-brothers Thin White Duke [post 7, Jorge Vargas, Jr.] and Yes and Yes [post 1, Florent Geroux] for trainer David Donk; the streaking allowance winner Mid Day Image [post 4, Kendrick Carmouche], a New York-bred for trainer David Jacobson; and graded-stakes placed New York-bred Surprise Boss [post 14, Trevor McCarthy] for conditioner Rafael Romero.

On the outside looking in from the also-eligible list are stakes-placed Coppola [post 15, Velazquez] for conditioner Dale Romans; and allowance winner Our Shot [post 16, Javier Castellano] for trainer John Terranova.

Pre-Draw News

New York-bred Mid Day Image bound for G1 Jaipur

JUNE 2 - After scoring his third consecutive trip to the winner's circle against open company in Thursday eighth race here, the New York-bred Mid Day Image will likely turn back off only nine day's rest for next Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward going six furlongs on turf at Belmont Park.

The Jaipur offers a "Win and You're In" berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita Park.

Trained and co-owned by David Jacobson in partnership with Winning Move Stable and Sanford Robbins, Mid Day Image earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure in the six-furlong optional-claimer over firm turf. He took command from the five path in upper stretch to draw away a 2 1/4 length winner under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

A 7-year-old son of Midshipman, Mid Day Image entered off both his 2023 debut as well as his debut for Jacobson when defeating allowance optional claiming company sprinting 5 1/2-furlongs on April 13 at Laurel Park. He previously captured the 2021 Claiming Crown Emerald going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park when in the care of conditioner Luis Carvajal, Jr.

"His form speaks for itself. He's doing very well right now," Jacobson said. "He's got a lot of talent that's for sure. He's had it before and hopefully he can keep it going."

Jacobson acquired Mid Day Image for $40,000 at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale and said his initial plan was to try to get him to go a distance.

"I love a speed horse that goes a distance but that plan went out the window when we cut him back to five and half [furlongs] at Laurel, three-quarters yesterday and now, three-quarters in the Jaipur," Jacobson said. "For now, he's a sprinter but hopefully we can get him up to Saratoga and maybe he'll stretch out."

Mid Day Image boasts $399,150 in earnings through a record of 31-13-3-3. Bred in the Empire State by Patricia Generazio, he is out of the dual stakes-placed Disco Rico mare Image of Noon.

2023 Jaipur Stakes Probables

Probable: Arrest Me Red (Wesley Ward), Big Invasion (Clement), Caravel (Cox), Casa Creed (Mott), Front Run The Fed (Caio Caramori), Go Bears Go (Ward), Ice Chocolat (Casse), Mid Day Image (David Jacobson), Nothing Better (Jorge Duarte, Jr.), Our Shot (Terranova), Scuttlebuzz (Rudy Rodriguez), Thin White Duke (David Donk) Yes and Yes (Donk)

Front Run the Fed to ship for 2023 Jaipur

MAY 31 - Following an impressive Keeneland allowance score in his 2023 debut, George Sharp's Front Run the Fed will target the Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur for 3-year-olds and upward going six furlongs on the turf on June 10 at Belmont Park. The Jaipur offers a "Win and You're In" berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita.

The 7-year-old son of Fed Biz displayed an impressive turn of foot in his last effort, chasing a torrid pace from 10th-of-11 down the backstretch and weaved his way through traffic in the stretch drive under Reylu Gutierrez to win by one length. The bay horse completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.23 and garnered a 95 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Caio Caramori said Front Run the Fed puts in his best effort with time in between races. He made his 2022 debut off a nine-month layoff to win the Van Clief in July at Colonial Downs.

"He always runs well off a layoff," Caramori said. "I like the way he's coming into this race. We gave him plenty of time between that race and this race as well, so I'm expecting a big effort. The plan is to go for the Jaipur and then regroup after that."

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Caramori would ultimately like to point Front Run the Fed to the Grade 2, $1 million Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint on September 9 which is also a Breeders' Cup "Win And You're In" event. He finished a respective fourth and seventh in last two runnings of that event for Caramori and was second in the 2020 edition when conditioned by Chad Brown. Sharp purchased the six-time winner at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale for $440,000.

"The major objective is the million dollar race at Kentucky Downs. He loves that track so we're trying to get there and get the best trip possible," Caramori said. "We may come back to New York at some point again over the summer and then end up at Kentucky Downs and hopefully California for Breeders' Cup at the end of the year."

Gutierrez is expected to retain the mount for the Jaipur.

Caramori also nominated Code Runner to both the 12-furlong Grade 2, $250,000 Brooklyn on June 10 and the previous day's Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup going two miles on the grass.

The 6-year-old Honor Code gelding, also owned by Sharp, was fourth in a 1 1/16-mile allowance event on Pimlico's Preakness undercard on May 20. A four-time winner in 25 starts, Code Runner was sixth in both of his efforts on turf.

"He's a horse that wants to go really long," Caramori said. "It's ambitious spotting, but I really do think this horse wants to go a mile and a quarter, mile and a half or even longer. We aren't sure which one we'll go in or even if we'll go. We'll decide a little closer to the race."

Caramori added that Sharp's Curry Larry and Mo could also ship up to run in a New York-bred allowance that same weekend. The Mo Town sophomore, bred by Hidden Lake Farm and Donna Bernhard, was a last out eighth in Horseshoe Indianapolis' Caesars Handicap on May 17.

Terranova Preps Our Shot for Grade 1 Jaipur

MAY 26 - Trainer John Terranova will have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks as stakes-winner Freedom Trail sets his sights on the Grade 2, $200,000 Pennine Ridge on June 3 and three-time winner Our Shot looks towards a start in the Grade 1, $400,000 Jaipur on June 10, both at Belmont Park.

Our Shot will make his stakes debut in the six-furlong Jaipur, which he'll enter off a strong three-length allowance victory in pacesetting fashion on April 26 at Keeneland. The chestnut son of Kantharos has won 4-of-7 lifetime starts, led by his latest victory that saw him defeat multiple graded stakes-winner Bound for Nowhere and earn a career-high 98 Beyer Speed Figure.

Terranova said he originally planned to run the gelding in the 5 1/2-furlong King T. Leatherbury that was scheduled for April 22 at Laurel Park, but had to call an audible when racing was canceled that week at the Maryland oval.

"I've always liked this horse and brought him along nice and slow," said Terranova. "We were on the also-eligible list twice at Keeneland before we even got in that last race. We were actually going to go to Maryland but we had to have him come back to Keeneland, so we entered for the allowance the following Wednesday. He's a nice horse."

The Jaipur, a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Grade 1 Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita Park, is one of 16 stakes events slated for the 2023 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which runs from Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10.

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