Entries And J’s Picks Withers Stake (G3) at Aqueduct 

The Withers Stakes (G3) offers qualifying points of 10-4-2-1 to Kentucky Derby for the top four finishers.

Race 8. Withers Stakes. For three-year-old at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Purse $250,000

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Mr. Shortandsimple  Reylu Gutierrez Rudy R. Rodriguez 30/1
2 Monday Morning Qb  Jorge A. Vargas, Jr. Robert E. Reid, Jr. 4/1
3 Max Player  Dylan Davis Linda Rice 9/2
4 New Commission  Abner Adorno Diane M. Day 15/1
5 Shotski  Luis Saez Jeremiah O’Dwyer 2/1
6 Prince of Pharoahs  Kendrick Carmouche Linda Rice 8/1
7 Vanzzy  Junior Alvarado Michael V. Pino 8/1
8 Portos  Jose Lezcano Todd A. Pletcher 3/1

Max Player perform has made both his starts at Parx Racing. After a runner-up finish on Nov. 12, he returned on Dec 17 with a one mile by 4 1/4 lenghts. He should be passing horses down the lane.

Monday Moring Qb won the Heft Stakes. He has speed and should be the setting the pace.

Shotski appears to be the horse to outrun. He won the Remsen, broke his maiden at Laurel Park and ran fourth in Churchill Downs’ Street Sense Stakes going a one-turn mile. He should off the pace and make a move around the turn for home.

Portos has four starts and was able to break his maiden going 1 1/8 miles in his last race.  He should be to let the pacesetters come back to him and pass tried horses down the lane. He should land on the board.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Monday Morning Qb
  • Shotski
  • Portos

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