A compact cast of six fillies and mares will go postward in the $100,000 Go For Wand H. (G3). Post time for Aqueduct’s 6TH race on Saturday is 2:07 p.m. (ET).
Go for Wand Analysis
#2 Portal Creek and #6 Graceful Princess will dispute the pace from the outset, which will aid the contenders coming from off the pace in the Go For Wand.
Go for Wand Contenders
#1 NONNA MADELINE — Favorite will give her foes up to eight pounds in the affair, but she is still hard to look past for Pletcher. Candy Ride 4-year-old was third in a graded event on the course most recently, and she cuts back in distance here from the rail as well. Bay looms large with Johnny V. in the controls.
#2 PORTAL CREEK — Fleet filly has won three of four since joining the Guerrero shedrow and makes her Aqueduct debut. Shanghai Bobby filly has sprinter speed that will translate well to the one-turn mile on Saturday, and her chances increase if she clears the field in the early going. Carmouche will be in the controls.
#3 SHARP STARR — Munnings sophomore obliterated first-level allowance foes on the surface most recently in a 15-length tour-de-force for DePaz. Empire State-bred faces tons tougher in this spot, but she has never been better and wouldn’t be a major surprise to be in the mix late with something resembling her latest performance. Jose Ortiz riding adds to the appeal.
#4 OVERHEATED — Handal trainee has raced on turf and all-weather in three straight, and she faces a huge class test on Saturday. Others appear much likelier.
#5 STAND FOR THE FLAG — Top-three contender makes her first appearance since February in an initial try for conditioner Rob Atras. Super Saver 4-year-old has been second twice from three lifetime tries on the oval, and she is also training in solid fashion in advance of her return. Kentucky-bred will have Manny Franco riding.
#6 GRACEFUL PRINCESS — ‘Other’ Pletcher pupil takes the blinkers off while drawing outside under Rosario. Blueblood daughter of Tapit has lacked consistency in her career, and it’s hard to back her for more than a minor award at this stage of her development.
Go for Wand Wagers
- $10 Trifecta: 1 with 2,3 with 2,3,5 ($40)