Go Go Shoot carries 134 in Fall Highweight
With its Grade 3 status restored this year, Thursday's $100,000 Fall Highweight H. (G3) serves as a useful appetizer before Aqueduct race fans go home to their turkey and dressing. Though defending champion Fabulous Strike (Smart Strike) was not nominated for the six-furlong dash, a rival who made him work for his money in the August 9 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G2), GO GO SHOOT (Songandaprayer), will make a go of it under 134 pounds and John Velazquez.
Go Go Shoot earned BRIS Speed ratings of 106 and 102, respectively, when taking the Longfellow S. and Mr. Prospector S. at Monmouth over the summer, then earned a stellar 113 when second by a length in the Vanderbilt. A 15-1 chance that day, Go Go Shoot zipped through fractions of :22 and :44 2/5 and appeared to have plenty left until the final sixteenth when Fabulous Strike finally wore him down. The two faced each other again in the October 3 Vosburgh S. (G1) in the slop, but Go Go Shoot readily caved at the top of the stretch and trailed the field of four, 12 lengths behind the winning Kodiak Kowboy (Posse), who edged Fabulous Strike by a half-length.
Two making their respective stakes debuts could attract plenty of support in the Fall Highweight. The three-year-old SEAN AVERY (Cherokee Run) was assigned a feathery 124 pounds following a course-and-distance allowance score on November 8. Assigned a 107 Speed rating for that effort, Sean Avery will be piloted by Edgar Prado for the hot Michael Hushion barn. Shipping in from Maryland is the Christopher Grove-trained GREENSPRING (Orientate), who has won four of five career starts with one second. He passed his third-level allowance condition at Laurel in late October, earning a 105 Speed rating.
AH DAY (Malibu Moon) is winless in two starts over the Aqueduct main track, but did take the March 7 Toboggan H. (G3) by a head over the inner dirt with a stellar last-to-first move. He exits a fifth in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G1), where he started slow over a sloppy, sealed track.
The multiple Grade 2-placed entrant RILEY TUCKER (Harlan's Holiday) fits with these on his best day. His best efforts of the year occurred last spring when he captured an allowance in the Churchill slop by more than six lengths, finished a close fifth in the Metropolitan H. (G1) and second to Munnings (Speightstown) in the Tom Fool H. (G2). The Allen Jerkens-trained FORMIDABLE (Sky Mesa) showed promise last winter at Gulfstream when placing in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2), but has disappointed during the New York leg of his campaign. He should be prominent from the opening bell under a 124-pound impost.
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