Nacho Saint (Just In Case), Norman Asbjornson, Preachintothedevil (Just In Case), Rescind the Trade (Just In Case), Stay Thirsty (Worth Watching) and Toby's Corner (Worth Watching). Dawly, Monzon (Worth Watching) and Starship Caesar are possible for the race according to NYRA Stakes Coordinator Andrew Byrnes.
"Todd and I will talk on Sunday or Monday, but we're leaning 95 percent in the direction of the Gotham with Stay Thirsty," said owner Mike Repole. "It's a little bit of a haul, but I love racing in New York and I like supporting New York racing. Even if Stay Thirsty wins by 10 lengths, his next race probably won't be in New York because we plan to have Uncle Mo in the Wood."
After breaking his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga in his second start, Stay Thirsty was second to Boys At Tosconova in the Grade I Three Chimneys Hopeful on Labor Day and fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a race Uncle Mo won by 4 1/4 lengths.
"Stay Thirsty has $110,000 in graded earnings, so he'll need to win or finish second or third in his next two starts," said Repole. "The Gotham is a race that will be competitive, but we expect to be one of the favorites. Ramon Dominguez will ride him."
Toby's Corner, winner of the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 5, worked an easy five furlongs (1:02.40) at Fair Hill Training Center.
"The work was good, very routine," said trainer Graham Motion. "I actually moved it up a bit because of the bad weather, but I had only planned on giving him one work between races, and everything has gone smoothly. He's doing super."
Toby's Corner looks for his fourth consecutive victory in the Gotham, having taken a first-level optional claimer and maiden race at Laurel prior to the Whirlaway.
"I was a little concerned at the eighth pole (in the Whirlaway) because it looked for a second like he might wait on horses, but once Eddie (Castro) got him straightened away, he went on and won kind of comfortably," Motion said.
--Compiled from track notes