Description: Shagaf (KY) B , C, foaled February 5, 2013 (Bernardini - Muhaawara, by Unbridled's Song) jumps onto the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard and remains undefeated with a victory in the 8.5 furlong $400K Grade III Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack March 5, 2016. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Shagaf stalked the pace set by Laoban into the Clubhouse turn and up the backstretch. Laoban was loose on the front end and Shagaf settled into position along the rail as Sunny Ridge ran up to join put some pressure on Laoban as they rounded the far turn. At the top of the stretch Laoban was not going to be caught by Sunny Ridge, Shagaf came off the rail and closed resolutely on the outside. Shagaf caught Laoban in deep stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Adventist was 3/4 lengths further back for the show. Sunny Ridge was fourth. The first four finishers earned Kentucky Derby points on a scale of 50-20-10-5 towards a start in the Derby the first Saturday in May. Shagaf is 3 for 3 and he has earned $298,800 for his owners/breeders at Shadwell Stable. He is being trained by Chad Brown. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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