The Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham is the feature race on the Saturday card at Aqueduct. This drew a field of eleven three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt track. Extrasexyhippzster is going for three in a row having most recently won the Miracle Wood by almost four lengths at Laurel going 1 mile.
The Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Saturday features a field of six going 1 1/16 miles on the inner track, lead by Teen Pauline who is on a two-race-winning streak, having beaten Flash Forward by almost 11 lengths last out and Centring by 15 lengths.
Sunday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for three year olds at Santa Anita Park features a cast of six promising runners going 7 furlongs. Kobe's Back breaks from the outside post and his best showing was two back when he finished a distant second to the talented Shared Belief in the G3 Hollywood Prevue at 7 furlongs back in November.
The G2 $250,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday features a cast of seven. It includes the G3 Sham winner Midnight Hawk who is two for two lifetime now, Chitu who breaks from the far outside and has also won both his starts but has never gone beyond six furlongs.
The G2 $300,000 San Antonio Handicap for 4 year olds and up features a field of seven highlighted by Game on Dude, winner of five straight in 2013 before faltering in the Breeders' Cup Classic and coming up a head short in the G1 Clark last out. He certainly loves Santa Anita and this might be an ideal distance for him.
The Grade 2 $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita features a small field of just five runners, but they're loaded with talent. Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle will be tough to beat, but Grade 1 Met Mile winner Sahara Sky will make him work for it and is the main threat. Both have to bring their A game to win.
The G2 $250,000 Withers Stakes features a small field of six going 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct inner dirt track. The race appears to be a good matchup between Uncle Sigh who just broke his maiden by 14 1/2 lengths registering a strong speed figure and Samraat who just won the Damon Runyon by 16 3/4 lengths on the lead.
A group of 6 3-year old fillies will contest the $200,000 G2 Forward Gal Stakes at 7 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Resistivity breaks from the rail and is coming off a maiden win. Aurelia's Belle got third in the G3 Old Hat but does have stakes experience even though her last didn't produce a huge speed figure.
A group of 11 promising 3 year old horses will contest the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Remsen Stakes runner-up Cairo Prince heads a solid field. Wicked Strong finished just a half length behind him in the Remsen getting third and could turn the tables.
The Grade 2 $200,000 Strub Stakes features a field of eight going postward over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. In it Hear the Ghost makes his 4 year old debut since finishing second in the G3 Native Diver back in December.