Samraat remains undefeated by taking the Gotham Stakes

Undefeated Samraat beat Uncle Sigh at the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York on Saturday, March 1 to win the $500,000 Gotham Stakes and also earn 50 points on the long and hard road to this year’s Kentucky Derby. The two horses also met at the Withers Stakes on February 1 and Samraat took it by a length. The Gotham Stakes turned out by be an exciting three-horse contest as In Trouble kept pace with Samraat and Uncle Sigh most of the way.

Rick Violette, the trainer of Samraat said he knew the horse was good after winning the Withers, but he proved today that he’s going to be tough to beat. Samraat was ridden by 123 lb. jockey Jose Ortiz and settled in third place on the outside as In Trouble took the early lead in the 1 1/16-mile race. Samraat, In Trouble and Uncle Sigh then broke away from the other nine horses as they entered the far turn.

Samraat then pulled even with the two frontrunners and inched ahead of them down the stretch and won the event by a neck in front of Uncle Sigh while In Trouble was another neck behind Uncle Sigh. Violette said the race was filled with good horses and he was worried that Samraat might falter as he had an extra five pounds on him from his last race. Jockey Ortiz said the horse proved he has a lot of heart and he responded well.

The final time of the race was 1:44.44 and it took place on the fast inner track. Samraat has now won five straight races. He’s owned by My Meadowview Farm and now has now reached a total earnings of $583,200. The two-year-old horse is the son of Noble Causeway. He also won the Damon Runyon back on December 18.

As for betting, Samraat paid out $6.40, $3.90, and $2.40 and went into the race as the 2/1 favourite along with Noble Cornerstone. Uncle Sigh’s odds were 7/2 while In Trouble went into the race at 9/2. Financial Mogul finished fourth and was followed by Harpoon, Master Lightning, Deceived, and Extrasexyhippzster. Classic Giacnroll and Monopolize were both scratched from the race.

Gary Contessa who trains Uncle Sigh, said that Samraat definitely a nice horse and he’s a believer in him. He felt that his horse was intimidated a little by Samraat since he’s still quite young, but Uncle Sigh is getting better and developing with each race. Uncle Sigh trains out of New York and Samraat will now head back to Florida to the Palm Meadows training center.
Violette added that he’s thinking about Samraat in the Kentucky Derby and wants to make sure his horse makes it there.

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