2023 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct Book’em Danno plays good cop

The 2023 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday shed some of its lustre when it came off the turf and was stripped of its G3 status, but none of that affected Book’em Danno, who took his unbeaten run to three with an easy victory.

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Futurity Stakes, ungraded, $150,000, 6f dirt, 2yo

It could not have been an easier collar for Book’em Danno, who stretched his perfect record to three in the off-the-turf, downgraded Futurity at Aqueduct on Sunday, romping over Works For Me and Where’s Chris. 

The colt was due to switch to the lawn, but the rain put him back on the main track and he justified 2-5 odds in rampant fashion under Jose Ortiz after three scratches had helped clear the way.

He stalked the front-running Works For Me, blew by him at the top of the lane and then opened up, clearing right away to win by six and a half lengths. Works For Me worked hard to keep the place by a neck from the rallying Where’s Chris.

2023 Futurity Stakes Race Video


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“He’s very versatile, he’ll go as far as I want him to go,” said trainer Derek Ryan. “I don’t want to over-race him this year, but we’ll try turf again down the road.”

The race was intended as a win-and-in for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, but when it was taken off the turf it lost that designation. A Breeders’ Cup panel will sit to determine whether to restore the win-and-in status. If it is not restored, Book’em Danno could be a candidate for the Nashua over a mile back at the Big A on November 5.

2023 Futurity Stakes at Aqueduct Race Payouts

1. Book’em Danno2.802.102.10
2. Works For Me2.902.10
3. Where’s Chris3.00

Winning time: 1m 09.47s

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