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Gotham Stakes Betting - The Gotham And Beyond

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/4/2013 6:00:07 PM

Vyjack, named for the owner’s parents, showed a new wrinkle winning the Gotham on Saturday coming from left field to raise his record to 4 for 4 while on the other coast, Mott the Hoople fans of the song ‘All the Young Dudes’ were vocal in full force as Game on Dude coasted to victory in the Big ‘Cap.

Online sports betting site fans watched Vyjack use his tactical speed to win his first three races but on Saturday he was 7 back after the first call before taking the overland route under Joel Rosario to win by nearly 3 lengths.

Owner David Wilkenfield races under the name of Pick Six Racing and there is a story behind that name. Wilkenfeld, had the only winning ticket in a $3.3 million Pick Six at Santa Anita about 5 years ago and this was the first runner he purchased. The runner brought $100,000 last May.

Rosario was riding Vyjack for the first time because the owner liked his style of letting horses settle rather than pushing horses along like Cornelio Velasquez tends to do.

Rosario: “He broke okay, and I didn’t want to get in a hurry. I just let him do whatever he wanted. He was pretty far behind, but that’s where he wanted to be. He passed West Hills Giant and then he just kept going.”

Next stop for Vyjack will be the Wood Memorial on April 6 and the betting sites waters will be much deeper. And the future remains bright for this runner. The classic blood is there if you go deep enough. The third dam dropped over $500,000 winner Miss Slewpy, who won at a mile and a quarter.

The 50 points Vyjack earned should position himself well for the Run for the Roses. The runner earned a 93 Beyer for the victory. That figure stands up pretty well as last year’s winner, Hansen, earned a 95 figure.

One of the surprises of the Gotham was the runner-up West Hills Giant, who was stretching out with the blinkers that were added for this race.

Remember this ploy from trainer John Terranova. This colt proved he could get a route on grass so he has some things to prove.

In the Big ‘Cap Mike Smith proved why he is in the Hall of Fame as he gave Game on Dude a smart, heady ride to control the pace and the outcome.

On the lead from the onset, Smith backed off his mount briefly and gave his horse a breather and that may have been the difference between winning and losing.

After Game on Dude got the little horse betting break, he was re-energized and took off again to open up a 5-length lead at the top of the lane and then extended to win by nearly 8 lengths.

Game on Dude had recorded a 116 winning Beyer in his first start of 2013 and he duplicated that figure on Saturday.

This was nothing new for the Dude. He won the Big ‘Cap in 2011, didn’t make the race last year, but showed once and for all he is a very special horse.

His trainer, Bob Baffert, was near giddy, Baffert: “I think this is a race that will stamp him as the great horse that he is. I was impressed watching him myself as a fan.”

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