Revolutionary runs onto Derby trail

Revolutionary, last at the top of the stretch, split rivals in
the final strides to beat Escapefromreality by a neck on Saturday
in the $200,000 Withers Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.

The victory gave Revolutionary 10 qualifying points toward the
Kentucky Derby. He became another Triple Crown contender in the
Todd Pletcher barn, a deep contingent that includes last year’s
juvenile champion. Shanghai Bobby; Violence; Verrazano; and
Overanalyze.

The Withers was an impressive performance by a colt making his
stakes debut only one race after his initial victory. Taken well
off the pace by jockey Javier Castellano, Revolutionary threaded
through traffic in the lane for his second victory in five starts.
The time was 1 minute, 44.32 seconds for the 1-1/16 miles over a
fast track.

Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farms, which owns
Revolutionary, said the horse will return to Florida to continue
training and will likely have only one more prep race before the
Derby.

”This race was worth three in terms of education,” Elliott
said.

The Withers capped a big day at Aqueduct for Castellano who took
three stakes among his four winners, and for Pletcher who notched
three wins, including a pair of stakes.

Revolutionary, the 3-5 favorite, paid $3.50 for a $2 win
bet.

Siete de Oros was third.

In the earlier stakes, Cornelio Velasquez guided Head Heart Hoof
to a half-length win over Johannesburg Smile in the $150,000
Toboggan Stakes, paying $6.10 to win.

The other two stakes belonged to Castellano.

He teamed with Pletcher to take the $98,000 Busher for
3-year-old fillies with Princess of Sylmar, a seven-length winner
who paid $2.50 to win as the 1-5 favorite.

Castellano’s third stakes triumph was another close call like
the Withers as Cluster of Stars beat Nichole H by a head in the
$95,000 Correction for fillies and mares, paying $5.40 to win.

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