The Road to the Triple Crown returned to New York on Saturday as a field of 8 three-year-olds contested the $200,000 Withers Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the Aqueduct inner track. Just 4,794 fans were on hand under overcast skies, strong winds, and temperatures near 30 degrees. Revolutionary, who broke his maiden in his fourth try last out, was sent off as the 3-4 favorite over the two-horse Darley Stable entry of Jerome (G3) fourth place finisher Long River and maiden winner Valid, sent off at 7-4, and 9-1 third choice Siete de Oros, second in the Jerome (G2) last out.
Jockey Maria Remedio sent Siete de Oros to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 24.22, 48.18, and 1:12.48 over the fast track while pressed by 17-1 Smooth Bert. Siete de Oros continued to lead to the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:38.01, but Revolutionary, last early, came through between horses to win by a neck over 16-1 Escapefromreality in 1:44.32. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Siete de Oros third.
Results Chart from Daily Racing Form
Elliott Walden, president and CEO of winning owner WinStar Farm said, "Very impressed. Obviously things didn't go well out of the gate, but he hung in there and Javier did a nice job of being patient. Finally, when he got some room, he came running. When you're looking at a race like the Derby, potentially down the road, to get that kind of experience, it's invaluable. Nice race. I felt pretty good around the turn because they were so bunched up. It's not like he was 15 back, he was eight back, but he was in trouble, so you never knew if he was going to get through. You knew if he did get through he'd have some horse. It was nice to see him come running like that. He couldn't blow out a match in the winner's circle. We'll talk with Todd and we'll see. I'd be inclined to take him to Florida and regroup until that last round of preps. Probably just one more race (before the Derby). This proved he's worthy to keep on the trail. This race was worth three in terms of education.".