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Instagrand Settled In; Not That Brady Good to Go

3/7/2019

One Stretches Out, One Cuts Back

Instagrand arrived at Aqueduct Wednesday afternoon, and Jerry Hollenforfer assistant trainer Dan Ward said he's settled in well at the Big A after gate schooling and jogging on the main track Thursday morning.
 
"He looks happy and he's feeling good," said Ward. "We stood him in the gate and then jogged him. He worked on Tuesday at Santa Anita and then walked on Wednesday. He'll gallop tomorrow. But, we won't need to go back to the gate tomorrow. He looked perfect in there today."
 
Instagrand, who will be piloted by Javier Castellano, also paddock schooled Thursday morning and will do so again on Friday during Aqueduct's eight-race card.

Instagrand, raced only twice, and that coming pretty early in 2018, will stretch out to a mile for the first time. He's listed as the even-money morning line favorite.
 
Not That Brady
 
New York-bred Not That Brady enters Saturday's Gotham from a game runner-up effort in the Withers Stakes and a minor setback after coming out of his Feb. 17 breeze at Aqueduct with a quarter crack. He missed one work, and his hoof was patched before he worked last weekend.
 
"He had a little bit of a quarter crack, but it was not that bad," said trainer and part owner Rudy Rodriguez. "We took our time with him. We missed three days of training, but not really as I was able to tack walk the horse."
 
Not That Brady returned to the worktab on March 3 and covered five furlongs in 1:02.98.
 
"We had a chance to breeze him, and he looks good," said Rodriguez.
 
Not That Brady graduated by 11 1/4-lengths on Dec. 8 at the Gotham's one-mile distance and followed that effort up by notching his first stakes win in the one-mile Damon Runyon.
 
The handsome chestnut missed by a head in the nine-furlong Withers, and Rodriguez said he is cautiously optimistic about the return to the one-turn mile.
 
"I'm not sure if the turnback is going to help him. He's going to have to step up a little bit more. The competition is getting steeper now," said Rodriguez. "He's won two races going a mile and a good second. I'm hoping he'll show up the way he's been training and put in a good performance."
 
Not That Brady galloped over the Big A main track on Thursday morning with his conditioner in the irons. The chestnut later paddock schooled and will gallop again on Friday morning.
 
Not That Brady will race on Saturday, in part, for the benefit of the Belmont Child Care Association, with the owners donating 10 percent of their Gotham purse earnings to the organization. Its mission is to provide a safe, supportive and academically inspiring environment for the children of parents working in the thoroughbred racing backstretch area at all three NYRA tracks
 
"Everybody is donating, so hopefully the horse wins and we can donate even more. Hopefully we can go to the Kentucky Derby and keep on donating," said Rodriguez. "The owners are very good people and to be involved with them and this horse is a plus for us."
 
Apprentice rider Reylu Gutierrez, who retains the mount, and his agent, Jimmy Riccio, have also committed 25 percent of their Gotham earnings to the deserving cause.
 
Rodriguez said he is pleased to have NYRA's leading apprentice rider back in the irons on Saturday.
 
"He's a very strong rider and he knows the horse well," said Rodriguez. "He knows the horse needs to break good and to chase him out of there."


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