Vyjack favored for Stymie Stakes in 2015 debut

Ozone Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – A small but solid field of five older
horses has been entered in Sunday’s $100,000 Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct.

Local stakes winner Vyjack has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite
for the 1 1/8-mile stakes. Trained by Gustavo Rodriguez for Pick Six
Racing, the 5-year-old gelding will start from post 3 as he makes his debut
for the year. Irad Ortiz Jr. will again be in the saddle.

Vyjack has been away from the races since coming in second on Dec. 13 in the
Queens County. The gelding has wins at Aqueduct in the 2013 Jerome and Gotham
Stakes and was third in the Wood Memorial behind Verrazano. Vyjack is just
$62,500 away from becoming a millionaire and has won six of 16 career starts.

Micromanage, owned by Repole Stable with Todd Pletcher training, is the 2-1
second pick and will be ridden by Manny Franco from post 2. The 5-year-old was
fourth in last month’s Evening Attire Stakes at the Big A as the 4-5 favorite.

Micromanage won Aqueduct’s Jazil Stakes on Jan. 19 which followed December’s
victory in the Queens County Stakes. Micromanage has banked $766,881 with
seven wins, four seconds and five thirds from 25 lifetime starts.

Evening Attire Stakes winner North Slope is the 3-1 third choice in the five-
horse field. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for Godolphin Racing, North Slope
will leave from the inside post with Junior Alvarado making it two straight
rides on the 5-year-old gelding.

“He came up from Florida (for the Stymie) doing very well,” said Art Magnuson,
assistant to McLaughlin. “You never know why they run so well on a given day;
I just hope he can do it again. He’s doing great. We gave him an easy breeze
the other day to stretch his legs and we couldn’t be any happier with him.”

North Slope won the Evening Attire four weeks ago at nearly 8-1 over a muddy
Aqueduct track. The 5-year-old gelding has five wins, four seconds and three
thirds in 20 career starts for $370,707.

Turco Bravo, third in the Evening Attire, is the 12-1 longshot for Sunday
and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz from post 4 for trainer Gary Contessa and
Winning Move Stable. The 6-year-old chestnut gelding began the year with
a second at Laurel Park in the Native Dancer Stakes followed by a runner-up
finish in the Jazil. Turco Bravo has won 10 of 38 lifetime starts with 13
seconds for $182,318.

Cousin Stephen is 4-1 in the program and will break from the outside post with
jockey Kendrick Carmouche. The only 4-year-old in the field, Cousin Stephen is
trained by Chad Brown for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence.

Cousin Stephen has won his last two starts, both at Parx Racing, and goes for
his first career stakes win. The colt has won four of 11 career starts and

Here is the field for the Stymie in post position order: North Slope, Junior
Alvarado, 3-1; Micromanage, Manny Franco, 2-1; Vyjack, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-5;
Turco Bravo, Jose Ortiz, 12-1 and Cousin Stephen, Kendrick Carmouche, 4-1.

The Stymie has an approximate post time Sunday of 2:18 p.m. ET.