With a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Twinspires Sprint up for grabs, the Vosburgh Invitational presents this weekend as one of the ten challenge series events on the road to the world championships. It’s a top heavy race which will see an undefeated sprinter in 2016 challenged by a horse we haven’t seen in quite some time.
A.P. Indian has been on an absolute tear throughout the season, staying perfect through five races. He’s very comfortable at Belmont Park, having won the Belmont Sprint Championship handedly in July. The even money favorite will have a target on his back, but that might be all any of his rivals see. He has been unstoppable in the sprint category thus far with a renewed vigor for competition through the 2016 campaign.
Entering the Vosburgh Invitational as the second choice is the mysterious X Y Jet, an extremely reliable four-year old who is 6-6-1 in 16 starts throughout his career. Last out at the Dubai Golden Sheehan, X Y Jet was caught right at the line in a heartbreaking finish that dropped him to second and snapped his five-race winning streak. This son of Kantharos has had the majority of the spring and summer off to recover and regroup and is a surefire threat to steal the show from A.P. Indian.
Joking will slot in from the third post as an 8/1 outside shot after winning the True North Stakes and is more of a fun flier than anything else. Like the Vosburgh Invitational favorite, he’s found another gear in his elder years but the seven-year old gelding is hard to trust given the strength of the top two contenders.
The 4/1 third choice is Holy Boss, who is a bit of a hardluck competitor. After a strong 2015 season where he logged four straight victories, he’s been all over the map this season. He’s coming off his best run out at the Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap, where he finished second to A.P. Indian. He’s certainly been trending upwards and also has upset potential, but I don’t think he’s quite there just yet.
Rounding out the Vosburgh Invitational field is Weekend Hideaway, Green Gratto, Stalkwalkin‘ Dude and Dannie’s Deceiver who are all considered longshots.
The best bet, as he’s been all season, is A.P. Indian who has emerged as one of the most reliable plays there is. If you’re going to shade away from him in the win bet category, X Y Jet is the next best option with Joking worthy of standalone flier.
2016 Vosburgh Invitational – Saturday, October 1st at Belmont Park (5:11pm EST)
6 Furlongs — 3+ Year Olds — $350,000
|1||Weekend Hideaway (NY)||Luis Saez||124||Philip M. Serpe||20/1|
|2||Holy Boss (KY)||John R. Velazquez||124||Steven M. Asmussen||4/1|
|3||Joking (KY)||Manuel Franco||124||Charlton Baker||8/1|
|4||Green Gratto (NJ)||Kendrick Carmouche||124||Gaston Grant||30/1|
|5||A. P. Indian (KY)||Joe Bravo||124||Arnaud Delacour||1/1|
|6||X Y Jet (FL)||Emisael Jaramillo||124||Jorge Navarro||7/2|
|7||Stallwalkin’ Dude (FL)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||124||David Jacobson||8/1|
|8||Dannie’s Deceiver (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||124||David A. Cannizzo||20/1|