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Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile gives with regards to the whole lot you would need from any such past due season race in New York, with the yr’s maximum intriguing sophomore, Most Safety, taking over a Breeders’ Cup winner in Spun to Run and a few hard-knocking older pageant at Aqueduct.
Jason Servis-trained Most Safety, already a two-time Grade 1 winner, may just additional his case for an Eclipse Award with any other victory, whilst Whitmore seems to win going a mile for the primary time, Pat At the Again is a prior graded winner in New York and True Bushes completed 2nd right here a yr in the past.
11 in all signed up, plus the characteristic will likely be supported through some huge undercard fields because the Cigar Mile leads 4 graded occasions on the Large A. Let’s get began with a have a look at the publish positions and morning line odds:
TimeformUS‘ Tempo Projector crunched the numbers to conclude Most Safety, who drew simply within wire-to-wire Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile hero, gets out to an early (and perhaps uncontested) lead. We all know the son of New 12 months’s Day loves to run at the entrance finish, and this match might neatly come right down to how a lot tempo drive he feels.
It’s important to be expecting Spun to Run, if all is going neatly, to escape just a little higher than True Bushes, who is useless even at the graphic. Moreover, Whitmore, who frequently lays a ways again in shorter occasions, may well be extra forwardly positioned right here given the added floor. He will nonetheless have to conquer a rail draw.
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Race 2: Iciness Reminiscences Stakes (12 p.m.)
Race 4: Autumn Days Stakes (1 p.m.)
Race 6: Grade 3 Opt for Wand (2:09 p.m.)
Race 8: Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes (3:13 p.m.)
Race 9: Grade 2 Remsen Stakes (3:43 p.m.)
Race 10: Cigar Mile (4:16 p.m.)
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By means of the NYRA Press Workplace…
A couple of Grade 1 winner Most Safety and Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile victor Spun to Run headline a skilled box of 11 for the 31st working of the Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gary and Mary West’s homebred Most Safety has crossed the twine first in seven of 8 profession begins, together with Grade 1 ratings within the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in March and the Haskell Invitational on July 20 at Monmouth Park.
Most Safety left the gate within the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs because the 9-2 2nd selection with common pilot Luis Saez up, and led gate-to-wire within the first leg of the Triple Crown, however was once demoted to 17th for interference drawing near the five-sixteenths marker.
Remaining out, Most Safety returned off a three-month layoff following his Haskell ranking to seize the Grade Three Daring Ruler, a seven furlong take a look at towards older corporate, at Belmont.
Educated through Jason Servis, the son of New 12 months’s Day breezed 3 furlongs in 42.20 on Sunday morning at the Belmont coaching monitor.
Luis Saez keeps the mount from publish 5.
Robert P. Donaldson’s Spun to Run, educated through Juan Carlos Guerrero, boasts a document of 5-1-Three from 11 profession begins. By means of Arduous Spun, and out of the stakes successful dam Yawkey Approach, Spun to Run arrives on the Cigar Mile from a 9-1 front-running ranking within the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile on November 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Guerrero credited Irad Ortiz, Jr. for offering Spun to Run an ideal go back and forth within the Filth Mile as he bested a box of 10, led through a couple of Grade 1 winner Omaha Seashore.
“Together with his blinkers on, regardless of how briskly he is going, he is in his personal little global,” Guerrero mentioned. “It wasn’t that he was once going to stay up for horses, it was once only a subject of when the rider requested him, he was once going to take off. Within the straightaway, he began lugging out however Irad made him exchange leads effectively and that was once it. I truly idea we have been winners on the half-mile.”
Spun to Run, who captured the Grade Three Smarty Jones in September at Parx, has posted a couple of bullet works following his Breeders’ Cup ranking together with a 5 furlong effort in 59.88 on Saturday at Parx.
“Each works were cast. He is entering the race very effectively,” mentioned Guerrero. “I believed he would possibly have went a bit of speedy in Saturday’s paintings, however observing him gallop (Wednesday), if anything else, it made him pick out up the bit much more…He is pumped up. He is in a position to move.”
With an ideal document in 3 begins on the Cigar Mile distance, Guerrero mentioned Spun to Run confirmed development with the addition of blinkers which he sported for the primary time when 3rd within the nine-furlong Haskell off a four-month layoff.
Spun to Run, who will send to New York at the morning of the race, will likely be piloted through Aqueduct fall meet main rider Ortiz Jr. from publish 6.
Robert LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Companions’ Whitmore will stretch out past seven furlongs for the primary time since an off-the-board effort within the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Educated through Ron Moquett, the 6-year-old Pleasantly Very best chestnut has since featured completely in dash stakes notching graded ratings within the 2017 Grade Three Maryland Dash at Pimlico, 2017 Grade 2 Phoenix at Keeneland, 2018 Grade Three Rely Fleet Dash Handicap at Oaklawn Park and the 2018 Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga Race Path.
He is additionally featured prominently prior to now two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Dash completing 2nd in 2018 at Churchill Downs and 3rd on November 2 at Santa Anita when away slowly from the gate.
“On an afternoon that they were not making up a large number of floor and horses nearer to the tempo have been doing higher, I believed he did one thing a bit of other,” mentioned Moquett of the last-out effort.
Moquett mentioned he’s hopeful the stretch out in distance, and demanding early tempo available within the Cigar Mile, will get advantages Whitmore.
“Till we do it, you do not know, however we are hoping it’ll arrange for him,” mentioned Moquett. “There is a large number of just right horses in right here which can be going to check out and impose their will. That you must most definitely run a race like this over 3 and 4 occasions and feature other instances each time.”
With a document of 12-9-Three from 30 begins and handbag profits in far more than $2.Eight million, Whitmore, who received his simplest get started at Aqueduct sprinting 6 ½-furlongs in 2016, has demonstrated a will to win.
“He is an overly truthful horse and he has a large number of talent. I am happy with the consistency that he brings, and I am occupied with attempting one thing new with him,” mentioned Moquett.
Whitmore has breezed two times following his Breeders’ Cup effort, maximum just lately protecting a half-mile in 48.40 at Churchill Downs on November 23. Moquett mentioned the space at the paintings tab forward of Saturday’s take a look at is through design.
“We did some two-minute clips. I used to be looking to do issues just a bit bit other and expectantly it really works out,” mentioned Moquett. “I feel he runs neatly at seven-eighths and expectantly he likes the added distance.”
Joel Rosario choices up the mount from the interior publish.
Calumet Farm’s True Bushes, a 5-year-old son of Mineshaft educated through Kiaran McLaughlin, completed 2nd in final yr’s Cigar Mile, received through Patternrecognition.
A four-time winner from 21 begins, True Bushes is looking for his first stakes ranking having hit the board in six graded occasions together with a last-out 3rd within the Daring Ruler.
“We’ve a large number of self assurance in him,” mentioned McLaughlin, who received the 2007 CigarMile with Daaher. “He handles the monitor neatly and the space neatly. We are simply no longer positive about this crew of horses he is up towards. It is a tricky race. However he is doing neatly, so we are hopeful.”
Joe Bravo keeps the mount from publish 11.
Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables in style New York-bred Pat At the Again made the grade within the Grade 2 Kelso on September 21 at Belmont. The 5-year-old Congrats chestnut, bred through Sugar Maple Farm, boasts a document of 3 wins and two seconds from 5 begins this marketing campaign together with limited stakes ratings within the Affirmed Good fortune and Commentator.
Educated through Jeremiah Englehart, Pat At the Again was once 5th in final yr’s CigarMile. Dylan Davis has the decision from publish 4.
Aqueduct fall meet-leading instructor Chad Brown, who captured the Cigar Mile with Attach in 2016 and Patternrecognition a yr in the past, will saddle Community Impact and Having a look At Bikinis.
Klaravich Stables’ Community Impact, a Mark Valeski chestnut, finished the exacta within the Grade Three Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen in 2018. He returned off an 11-month layoff on November 10 to seize a one-mile allowance tilt at Aqueduct, garnering a 91 Beyer Velocity Determine.
Lengthy Lake Strong, Madaket Stables, Thomas Coleman and Doheny Racing Strong’s Having a look At Bikinis owns a document of 3-0-1 from 5 begins. Following a 3rd within the Curlin at Saratoga, the Having a look At Fortunate colt completed off-the-board within the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers. Remaining out, he returned to successful shape with a Four ½-length ranking in a Keeneland allowance tilt on October 4.
Corridor of Famer Javier Castellano will pilot Community Impact from publish 8, whilst Jose Ortiz has the decision on Having a look At Bikinis from publish 9.
Story of Silence will glance to offer owner-breeder Charles Fipke and instructor Barclay Tagg their 3rd Cigar Mile ranking having attached prior to now with Story of Ekati (2008) and Jersey The city (2010).
The 5-year-old son of Story of the Cat made the grade within the 2018 Grade Three Westchester at Belmont and will likely be looking for his first win this marketing campaign with a document of 2 seconds and one 3rd from six begins. He rallied alongside the rail final out when 2nd to Most Safety within the Daring Ruler.
Story of Silence will emerge from publish 10 underneath Junior Alvarado.
Crimson Oak Strong homebred Bal Harbour’s final ranking got here within the one-mile Gio Ponti on the Large A final November. The First Samurai chestnut completed 2nd within the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga in August and 3rd final out within the Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland. He’ll glance to offer instructor Todd Pletcher a 5th win within the Cigar Mile, becoming a member of Left Financial institution (2001), Lion Tamer (2004), Purge (2005) and Keep Thirsty (2012).
Corridor of Famer John Velazquez will experience from publish 2.
The whole lot’s Cricket Racing and Lawrence Goichman’s Nicodemus returns off a five-month layoff for instructor Linda Rice. The 4-year-old Sweet Experience colt earned a career-best 101 Beyer successful the Grade Three Westchester on Might Four at Belmont which was once adopted through a couple of fourth-place efforts within the Grade 2 True North and Grade 2 John A. Nerud on Large Sandy.
Manny Franco will pilot Nicodemus from publish 7.
Trin-Brook Stables’ Forewarned will glance to offer instructor Uriah St. Lewis, who received the 2018 Grade 1 Jockey Membership Gold Cup with 45-1 shot Discreet Lover, with any other disenchanted ranking in a heralded New York race.
The 4-year-old Flat Out colt, who ran 5th within the Grade 1 Whitney this summer time at 89-1 on the Spa, has received seven of 22 profession begins. Remaining out, the Ohio-bred bay captured the Absolute best of Ohio Staying power on October 26 at Mahoning Valley.
Anthony Salgado keeps the mount from publish 3.
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