Saturday Sophomore Sod Slingin’ Set in Hill Prince



  4     AQU    The Hill Prince (GII)     
$250.000    3yo      1 1/8m InTurf       Weight 122lbs

We stay in Gotham City… ok, it’s Queens, but… still… It’s AQU in the winter on the brown inner turf course as a group of 3yo’s head to the gate for The Hill Prince (GII) a mile and an eighth test as we wind down the year for this group of sophomores.  I’m taking Zakouski One as the top pick, and this one just never seems to run a bad race.  Six starts, four wins, a second and a third… yeah, that’s good stuff.  Showers are in the forecast and this one loves the wet grass, as well.  Battle Plan is another that deserves a look, despite only a single turf try, and that was his first trip to the gate.  He won the Wood (GII) here, was third in the BEL (GI), and his last few have been less than expected; however, this looks like a spot to see if grass was always his preferred surface. 

Here’s The Field –

   Power Struggle    Mb Stables    Saez L   122   9/2   
   Coopers Creed    Luz International    Luzzi L J   122   10/1   
   Zakouski One    Smokey Stover    Centeno D E   122   5/2   
   Brooklyn    Winning Link Stables    Geroux F   122   7/1   
   Battle Plan    Mb Stables    Velazquez J R   122   3/1   
   Regulatory    Mb Stables    Ferrer J C   122   7/1   
   Buccaneers Bounty    Nakamura Stables    Del-Cid V   122   8/1   
   Bigmikesbluedress    TwinTowersRacing    1Davis D   122   8/1 

COZMAN   3 / 5             Willie’s Green Card   4 / 3

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