NEW YORK (AP) — Haikal won the US$300,000 Gotham Stakes by one length at Aqueduct, earning 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Haikal ran one mile in 1:35.63 on Saturday last. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
Second went to Mind Control with Istagrand third.Much Better, trained by Bob Baffert, finished fourth.
Twenty Derby qualifying points went to Mind Control, while Instagrand earned 10. Much Better received five points.
It was the first loss in three career starts for Instagrand, who like Much Better, shipped in from California.