Compact but Quality Field of Five Set for $100,000 Gravesend Handicap
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Tue 23/12/2014 - 13:43 EST
On Friday, the featured race at Aqueduct is the 56th edition of the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap. Scheduled to be run at six-furlongs on the inner dirt track, the race has drawn a field of five.
David Jacobson will send out Salutos Amigos as the overwhelming, even-money favorite on the morning line. A four-year-old gelded son of Salute the Sarge, he has won five of his thirteen starts this year including a pair of graded stakes races. Last time out, he won the Fall Highweight (G3) as the favorite at Aqueduct. He has had a bullet workout since that winning effort and will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons from post position four.
Dads Caps trying to bounce back to winning form
Second choice at 8-5 on the morning line is Dads Caps for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A Grade 1 winning son of Discreet Cat bred and owned by Vincent Scuderi, he has won four of his fourteen career starts with his most notable victory coming in the Carter (G1) in April. He was last seen finishing fourth as the favorite in the De Francis Dash at Laurel and has been training steadily since then. Jose Ortiz will be aboard for the first time from post two.
Crafty Dreamer going for first stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Crafty Dreamer for trainer James Iselin who also bred the five-year-old son of War Front. The bay horse has won two of his nine starts this season and is trying to earn the first stakes win of his career. He was fourth behind a similar field in the Fall Highweight (G3) last time out after a wide trip. Dylan Davis, son of popular jockey Robbie Davis, will be back aboard and they will break from post five.
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