Saturday’s New York Claiming Championship Series Features 10 Stakes Races
The New York Racing Association’s Claiming Championship Series is set for Saturday, April 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Saturday’s New York Claiming Championship Day will feature 10 stakes races worth $700,000.
This year’s iteration will be run on the main track and the 10 races are open to horses which have started for a claiming price this year or last year.
The day’s action kicks off with a trio of six-furlong stakes: the $55,000 Videogenic for fillies and mares, in which the stakes-winning mid-Atlantic shipper Sweet On Smokey is the even-money favorite. Hector’s Pride shoots for his third straight win in the $55,000 Kelly Kip for 4-year-olds and up. Stormy Sky is the 7-5 favorite over Sweetrayofsunshine in the $70,000 Xtra Heat.
Race 5 has Mr. Palmer as the second choice at 3-1 in the one-mile $60,000 More To Tell, while Bears Personality goes for his fourth straight win as the 2-1 favorite. Race 5 features 2-1 favorite Beach Hut in the $70,000 Peeping Tom.
The day’s headliner is Race 6, the $90,000 Mr. Sinatra, which drew a field of six. Expected to vie for favoritism in the 1 1/8-mile race are a pair of Rudy Rodriguez trainees: Dontbetwithbruno, most recently second to Turco Bravo in the Stymie on March 13, and Royal Posse, who has been first or second in seven starts since being claimed for $20,000 last May, including a victory in the Evan Shipman in September at Saratoga Race Course.
Race 7 is the $75,000 Stud Muffin followed by the $60,000 Sis City Race 8 and the $85,000 Caixa Eletronica in Race 9. Toledo Eddie, 2-for-2 this year at Santa Anita, is the 7-5 favorite in the Stud Muffin, while the stakes-winning Can Can Babe, winner of three straight, is the 4-5 favorite in the Sis City. In the seven-furlong Caixa Eletronica, Eighty Three is the 3-1 favorite in a field of 10 and he tries for his third win in five starts at the Big A this year.
The days final event is the $80,000 Karakorum Electra with 5-2 favorite Stroke Play ready to roll at seven furlongs.