Mischevious Alex To Stretch Out in Gotham

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By Emily Shields

There are a whopping 21 stakes races in the United States on Saturday, March 7, and you can watch all the action live with TVG. One of those major races is the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct; it goes as the last of a 10-race program.

Mischevious Alex is the 3-1 choice on the morning line. The $140,000 purchase by Into Mischief is trained by John Servis for the Cash is King racing group. He is coming off two straight stakes wins, concluding 2019 with a nearly ten-length score in the Parx Juvenile, and then opening 2020 in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes with a seven length romp over the well regarded Green Light Go. Kendrick Carmouche will ride.

Attachment Rate is the 9-2 second choice. Dale Romans trains the $200,000 son of Hard Spun, who broke his maiden in his first start at Gulfstream Park on February 15. That was over a mile, which is the distance for this. Luis Saez was aboard then and will be back aboard for this. Market Analysis, who defeated him in a January 25 maiden race, is back in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) today.

War Stopper is 5-1. Rudy Rodriguez trains the son of Declaration of War, who broke his maiden in fourth start over this trip. That was by four lengths in a swift time in just his second start on dirt, where he is much improved.

Montauk Traffic is unbeaten in two starts on the track, both at seven furlongs. Linda Rice trains the son of Cross Traffic, who will have Jose Lezcano aboard. He was a stakes winner here in the Jimmy Winkfield on February 8, scoring by a length and a half, and is expected to come from behind for this.

Flap Jack makes his first start since the Arlington Washington Futurity on September 7. He is 30-1 morning line, but has a strong series of works at the Fair Grounds for this for trainer Jack Sisterson. He was 17-1 in that stakes win but had traffic trouble and still ran impressively; that was on synthetic, however.

Untitled rounds out the top contenders for trainer Mark Casse. The son of Khozan broke his maiden first out at Gulfstream while in the care of Ralph Nicks; he scored by 11 lengths. He was then fourth in the Swale and ran right back two weeks later to be second around two turns at Tampa Bay Downs, behind the highly regarded Gouverneur Morris. Junior Alvarado will ride.

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