Gio Ponti and Comely Stakes Races at Aqueduct on Friday, November 23

The 69th running of the Comely, the day’s feature on a 10-race card with a special 11:50 a.m. first post-time, will be bolstered by the $150,000 Gio Ponti, the $150,000 Forever Together, and the $100,000 Key Cents.

Gio Ponti Stakes. For three-year-old at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $150,000.

Race 7. Gio Ponti Stakes

Named for a well-known Italian artist and architect, Gio Ponti was the Champion Turf Horse in 2009 and 2010. He earned 6.1 million dollars in 28 starts, making him one of the richest Thoroughbreds in America of all time.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Prioritize Luis Saez James Bond 9/2
2 Zap Daddy Javier Castellano Patrick Reynolds 20/1
3 Medal of Honour Manuel Franco Chad Brown 8/1
6 Breaking the Rules Irad Ortiz, Jr. Claude McGaughey III 8/5
7 Therapist David Cohen Christophe Clement 3/1
8 Rose’s Vision Jose Lezcano Stuart Simon 5/1
9 Mr Ritz Jose L. Ortiz Josie Carroll 6/1
Also Eligibles
4 Roaming Union Rider TBA Kelly Breen 4/1
5 Bal Harbour Rider TBA Todd Pletcher 5/1
10 Life’s a Parlay Luis Saez Todd Pletcher 7/5

Our Top Three Picks on Turf

  • Breaking the Rules
  • Prioritize
  • Mr Ritz

 

Comely Stakes, Grade III. For three -year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $200,000.

Race 9. Comely Stakes.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Split Time Irad Ortiz, Jr. Linda Rice 5/1
2 Hey Niki Jorge Vargas, Jr. Thomas Proctor 12/1
3 War Cabinet Jose Ortiz Claude McGaughey III 10/1
4 Blamed Julien Leparoux William  Mott 5/2
5 Stronger Than Ever Dylan Davis Kenneth  McPeek 12/1
6 Alberobello Manuel Franco Todd Pletcher 4/1
7 Indy Union Junior Alvarado Jeremiah Englehart 6/1
8 Remedy Javier Castellano Brad Cox 3/1

Blamed heads a field of eight in Friday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, as stakes action continues at Aqueduct Racetrack through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Transferred to the care of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott after wheeling off five consecutive victories in New Mexico for trainer Joel Marr, Blamed made her first start for her new connections on October 20 at Keeneland in the Grade 2 Raven Run in which she set the pace before yielding late to finish second behind next out Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Shamrock Rose.

Remedy, trained by Brad Cox for Twin Creek Racing Stables, arrives at the Comely from a second-place effort in her graded stakes debut on September 30 in the Grade 3 Remington Park Oaks. A daughter of Creative Cause, Remedy began her racing career on the turf where she made her first two starts, breaking her maiden at second asking at Fair Grounds.

Remedy launched her 2018 campaign at Indiana Grand with a second-place finish on a sloppy track, in a race initially scheduled for the turf, before returning to the grass for her next two starts. She showed promise for the main track with an impressive win in an optional claiming race on September 5 at Indiana Grand before entering the Remington Oaks.

Alberobello, who has two wins from five starts and a pair of second-place finishes. She should rebound off an eighth-place finish in the Remington Park Oaks.

Also entered is War Cabinet, Indy Union, Hey Niki, Stronger Than Ever, and Split Time.

Two races prior to the Comely, a field of 10 will compete in the third running of the $150,000 Gio Ponti going 1 1/16 miles on the outer turf course.

Rose’s Vision will make his first start in nearly three months since winning the Better Talk Now this summer at Saratoga Race Course. Rose’s Vision broke his maiden in his sixth career start on February 24 at Gulfstream Park. Following up with an allowance win on April 12 at Keeneland, he finished second in the Plate Trial on June 9 and second in the Toronto Cup on July 28. He won the Better Talk Now by a neck over Have At It, who returned to win the Grade 2 Hill Prince at Belmont.

Prioritize will look to turn the tables on Rose’s Vision after finishing third in the Better Talk Now. Prioritize broke his maiden in April at Gulfstream Park and went on to earn his second career win in his third career start in an optional-claiming race on July 29 at Saratoga. Following his third-place running in the Better Talk Now, he ran a game second to lose by a neck in the Hill Prince.

Therapist in his most recent start, finished seventh in the Grade III Saranac. Prior, he wheeled off back-to-back New York Stallion Stakes victories on August 6 at Saratoga and June 24 at Belmont Park. He will be making his first start over the Aqueduct turf.

Race 9 7 – 4 – 8 – 1

Our Top Three Picks

  • Blamed
  • Indy Union
  • Remedy

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