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Jimmy Winkfield the next step for Charleymillionaire

By Sean Morris | 01/17/2014 05:11 PM ET
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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Charleymillionaire will go in search of his first stakes victory on Monday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he squares off against seven fellow 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield.

Favored at 5-2 on the morning line in the six-furlong dash, the holiday feature at the Big A on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is Hot Heir Skier, a swift recent maiden graduate for trainer Ben Perkins, Jr.

Charleymillionaire, a bay son of Sky Mesa based at Parx Racing for trainer Gregory Sacco and owner Red Oak Stable, will be coming off a nearly two-month layoff after stamping himself as a horse to watch in a November 26 allowance win at Parx. After encountering some trouble at the break that day, the Sacco trainee chased fast splits set by Gig Em for much of the race, eventually collaring that one in the vicinity of the sixteenth pole and inching away to prevail by 1 ½ lengths.

The colt rests at 5-1 on the morning line and will depart from post position 4 with Manny Franco aboard.

Oliver Zip, fresh off of a runner-up finish in the Don Rickles overnight stakes behind Extrasexyhippzster, appears poised to run a big race in the absence of that rival. After making an explosive debut at Laurel Park with a $40,000 claiming tag attached, the colt was immediately tested in the Don Rickles, and did well to run down favored Pure Sensation to finish second on the wire.

"I thought he ran a good race last time," said Kelly Breen, who trains Oliver Zip for George and Lori Hall. "We wouldn't mind an allowance [race], but if this is a short field and he fits, we'll go for it."

Rajiv Maragh will ride Oliver Zip, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, from the rail.

Recent maiden-breaker Cavu, a promising colt owned by Mill House, will be facing winners for the first time in the Jimmy Winkfield.

"He's been training great," said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, of the Zensational colt. "Ideally, we think he'd like to go seven [furlongs] to a mile, but he fits well with this group."

Irad Ortiz, Jr. has the mount on Cavu, 5-1 on the morning line, and the pair will break from post position 6.

Rounding out the field are Pax Orbis, winner of an allowance race on December 26 at Laurel; Eye Luv Lulu, coming off of a New York-bred allowance victory on New Year's Eve at the Big A; Otoy, fifth in the Don Rickles; and Alex Inc, wire-to-wire winner of a maiden race on November 30 at Parx for trainer Butch Reid.

 

PP

Horse

Jockey

WGT

Trainer

Odds

1

Eye Luv Lulu (NY)

P Teator

118

C F. Martin

6-1

2

Pax Orbis (KY)

F Boyce

118

T J. Tullock, Jr.

8-1

3

Oliver Zip (KY)

R Maragh

116

K J. Breen

3-1

4

Charleymillionaire (NJ)

M Franco

118

G D. Sacco

5-1

5

Cavu (KY)

I Ortiz, Jr.

116

K P. McLaughlin

5-1

6

Hot Heir Skier (FL)

J L. Ortiz

116

B W. Perkins, Jr.

5-2

7

Alex Inc (PA)

J Bisono

116

R E. Reid, Jr.

12-1

8

Otoy (KY)

E Castro

118

L Hinds

30-1

 

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