The $100,000 Gravesend Stakes will run as Race 8 on the Jan. 2 card at Aqueduct.
The event for 4-year-olds and up will cover 6 1/2 furlongs and include names like Stan the Man, My Boy Tate, and Pete’s Play Call among the field of five.
Here is a look at the top names set for the Gravesend Stakes.
Betting Preview: Stan the Man, My Boy Tate
The morning-line favorite coming in at 9/5 is Long Lake Stable’s Stan the Man. The 6-year-old gelding from Broken Vow is trained by John Terranova II.
He has a career record of 7-8-3 from 26 starts and earnings of $521,124.
He is coming off a runner-up effort in the Nov. 29 Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct, which followed a third-place finish in the Oct. 3 Kelso Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park. He also scored the Aug. 20 Tale of the Cat Stakes at Saratoga and finished second in the June 27 True North Stakes (G2) at Belmont, registering a 108 Speed Figure.
Stan the Man will break from the outside post 5 under jockey Eric Cancel.
He will be up against the 2/1 My Boy Tate, owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Michelle Nevin. The 6-year-old gelding from Boys at Tosconova is trained by Michelle Nevin as well.
He is 7-5-2 from 19 career starts with earnings of $460,288.
Last time out, he took second in the Nov. 22 New York Stallion Series Stakes at Aqueduct, where he registered a 105 Speed Figure. He won a Sept. 23 allowance race at Parx Racing and finished second in the Aug. 20 Tale of the Cat Stakes at Saratoga. He also took third in the July 30 John Morrissey Handicap at Saratoga as well.
My Boy Tate will break from post 4 under rider Manuel Franco.
Betting Preview: Pete’s Play Call
Another impressive runner among the field is the 5/2 Pete’s Play Call, owned by Michael Dubb. The 7-year-old gelding from Munnings is trained by Rudy Rodriguez.
He is 13-9-6 from 45 career starts with earnings of $593,421.
He took a Nov. 27 allowance optional claiming race last time out at Aqueduct, which followed a runner-up finish in another on Oct. 25 at Belmont Park. The latter resulted in a 106 Speed Figure. He also finished fourth on Sept. 26 at Belmont and first on Aug. 23 at Saratoga, both allowance optional claiming races.
Pete’s Play Call will break from post 3 under jockey Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.
The rest of the field (post, morning line) is set to include: Happy Farm (Post 1, 4/1); and Drafted (Post 2, 8/1).
Free Betting Pick
Coming in at 5/2, Pete’s Play Call is a good pick. The veteran 13-time winner was claimed for $62,500 from former trainer John Toscano after winning going six furlongs on Nov. 27 at Aqueduct. He will now look to take his second stakes win after the Bonapaw Stakes in Dec. 2019, and his solid 2020 campaign of four wins and three seconds from 12 starts has many believing that will be the case.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Pete’s Play Call
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