A.P. Indian is carrying a five race winning streak in to the 2016 Vosburgh Invitational, but he has a serious challenge on his hands in the form of X Y Jet. This race is part of the challenge series for the world championships, with a spot in the Twinspires Sprint up for grabs. It’s certainly a top heavy race, though some of the outside shots have interesting value.
Still, it’s impossible to lean away from the even money favorite in this one. With wins at the Forego, Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap, Belmont Sprint, Donald LeVine Memorial and Decathlon, A.P. Indian has become the cream of the sprint crop and rewarded his backers all season long. There’s little reason to doubt that he won’t extend his streak to six this weekend.
The main threat comes in the form of X Y Jet, who was last out losing the Dubai Golden Sheehan at the wire. That loss snapped a five race win streak of his own. The four-year old gelding is certainly an up and coming challenger, and could pose the most value at 7/2 if you feel an upset in the air. He’s had six full months to return home from the Middle East and recover so he’ll be fresh for this one. Whether that works against him or for him remains to be seen.
Holy Boss and Stalkwakin’ Dude are the next contenders on the board at the 2016 Vosburgh Invitational but none have been able to touch A.P. Indian when they’ve faced him. The former finished second at the Vanderbilt, while the latter trailed to third at the Forego.
Joking is an interesting play given that he’s 8/1 and coming off a win at the True North. The seldom run seven-year old has competed in just three stakes races, going 2-1-0. He’s undefeated this season as well, and he may have a chance to upset the balance of the 2016 Vosburgh if he shows up with the type of fight he showed earlier this summer.
Rounding out the field at the 2016 Vosburgh are Weekend Hideaway, Green Gratto and Dannie’s Deceiver who are all 20/1 or higher.
It’s virtually impossible to bet against A.P. Indian, who I’d stack with a well rested X Y Jet. A standalone play on Joking isn’t out of the question just for fun.
2016 Vosburgh Invitational – Saturday, October 1st at Belmont Park (5:11pm EST)
6 Furlongs — 3+ Year Olds — $350,000
|1||Weekend Hideaway (NY)||Luis Saez||124||Philip M. Serpe||20/1|
|2||Holy Boss (KY)||John R. Velazquez||124||Steven M. Asmussen||4/1|
|3||Joking (KY)||Manuel Franco||124||Charlton Baker||8/1|
|4||Green Gratto (NJ)||Kendrick Carmouche||124||Gaston Grant||30/1|
|5||A. P. Indian (KY)||Joe Bravo||124||Arnaud Delacour||1/1|
|6||X Y Jet (FL)||Emisael Jaramillo||124||Jorge Navarro||7/2|
|7||Stallwalkin’ Dude (FL)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||124||David Jacobson||8/1|
|8||Dannie’s Deceiver (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||124||David A. Cannizzo||20/1|