An intriguing field of eight 3-year-old prospects will vie in Saturday’s $250,000 Withers (G3) at Aqueduct. The nine-furlong test serves as a “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race with a 10-4-2-1 reward on the line for the top-four finishers. 

MR. SHORTANDSIMPLE
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(79) in maiden win at Belmont Park
Total Earnings:
$48,300
Owner:
Rudy Rodriguez
Breeder:
WinStar Farm
Trainer:
Rudy Rodriguez
Jockey:
Reylu Gutierrez
Sire:
Pioneerof the Nile
Dam:
Minesave
Color:
Bay
This Kentucky-bred was a game winner over a sloppy, sealed oval here in beating claiming foes most recently. The bay colt has yet to prove capable of defeating this kind at this stage of his development, but he owns speed and also draws inside for his two-turn debut. Reylu Gutierrez inherits the mount.
MONDAY MORNING QB
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(95) in maiden score at Parx
Total Earnings:
$105,000
Owner:
Cash is King and LC Racing
Breeder:
Bowman and Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer
Trainer:
Robert Reid, Jr.
Jockey:
Jorge Vargas, Jr.
Sire:
Imagining
Dam:
How My Heart Works
Color:
Dark Bay

Talented Maryland-bred has been first or second in each of his trio of lifetime races to date, including a score in the Heft S. at Laurel Park last time out. The Robert Reid pupil has trained well in the interim and rates a logical chance with even slight improvement on Saturday. The colt will be forwardly placed from the start. 

MAX PLAYER
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden tally at Parx
Total Earnings:
$36,000
Owner:
George E Hall
Breeder:
K and G Stables
Trainer:
Linda Rice
Jockey:
Dylan Davis
Sire:
Honor Code
Dam:
Fools in Love
Color:
Dark Bay
This sophomore son of Honor Code graduated in going-away style last out at Parx for conditioner Linda Rice. The dark bay Kentucky-bred has earned strong BRIS Late Pace numbers (101, 97) in each lifetime outing, and he seems poised to thrive with the added ground in the Withers. Dylan Davis will ride and rally the youngster from off the pace.
NEW COMMISSION
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(92) in Heft S. second at Laurel Park
Total Earnings:
$70,100
Owner:
Diane Day
Breeder:
Harold Lee Jordan
Trainer:
Diane Day
Jockey:
Abner Adorno
Sire:
Field Commission
Dam:
Sno’s Image
Color:
Chestnut

Heft S. second has shown marked improvement in his last pair of races leading up to his graded stakes debut. The chestnut colt is improving at the right time of the year, and another forward move will give him a top-three chance beneath regular pilot Abner Adorno. 

SHOTSKI
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(98) in Remsen (G2) victory at Aqueduct
Total Earnings:
$167,222
Owner:
Gary Barber et al’s
Breeder:
Springland Farm and Prime Bloodstock
Trainer:
Jeremiah O’Dwyer
Jockey:
Luis Saez
Sire:
Blame
Dam:
She Cat
Color:
Bay

The horse to beat capped a fine 2-year-old campaign with a wire-to-wire tally in the Remsen (G2) on this surface for trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer. The Kentucky-bred son of Blame has run a trio of big races since adding blinkers second time out, and he is already proven going nine furlongs. Luis Saez will be in the stirrups atop the fine prospect. 

PRINCE OF PHAROAHS
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(90) when runner-up in Jerome S. at Aqueduct
Total Earnings:
$58,410
Owner:
Darlene Bilinski and Harry Patten
Breeder:
Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Harry Patten
Trainer:
Linda Rice
Jockey:
Kendrick Carmouche
Sire:
American Pharoah
Dam:
My Dixie Doodle
Color:
Dar Bay

This Linda Rice trainee has improved his BRIS Speed figure with each lifetime try and rates as a contender while making his two-turn debut. The Empire State-bred colt exits a hard-trying second in the Jerome on this surface, and he figures to appreciate the stretch out in distance on Saturday. The son of American Pharoah will be stalking the pace early on. 

VANZZY
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(90) in Display S. triumph at Woodbine
Total Earnings:
$89,216
Owner:
Daniel Ryan
Breeder:
Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds
Trainer:
Michael Pino
Jockey:
Junior Alvarado
Sire:
Verrazano
Dam:
Selva
Color:
Bay
Talented son of Verrazano showed his versatility when going north of the border and taking the Display S. in wire-to-wire fashion on the Tapeta at Woodbine in his juvenile finale. The Michael Pino pupil has good dirt form and enters the Withers with a sharp pair of morning drills as of late. Junior Alvarado will guide the speedy contender
PORTOS
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(91) in maiden second at Aqueduct
Total Earnings:
$63,900
Owner:
Wertheimer and Frere
Breeder:
Wertheimer and Frere
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
Jose Lezcano
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Fierce Boots
Color:
Gray/Roan
Homebred son of top sire Tapit is cut out to be a really good one and could be dangerous in his stakes bow for conditioner Todd Pletcher. The first foal out of a stakes queen romped home a 10-length winner against special weight foes on the course most recently, and he will be as fit as any contender in the cast with four two-turn races under his belt. The well-bred sophomore will have Jose Lezcano in the controls.