Jacqueline Tortora and Toni and Richard Ancona’s homebred 3-year-old colt Hypocrite ran a very good race to finish fourth in the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) on ‘Summit of Speed’ day at Calder Race Course on July 12; beaten only 2 ½ lengths for it all by Golden Spikes as a 28-to-1 longshot; and comes back as the probable favorite in Saturday’s $55,000 Valid Video overnight stakes.
Jockey Manoel Cruz will be aboard Hypocrite for trainer Manny Tortora in Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong test, facing eight rivals his own age. A son of Outofthebox, Hypocrite was a sharp winner of an allowance race over the same distance as the Valid Video on June 28 prior to the Carry Back in his first start since finishing third in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes here in September.
A fresh challenger in the Valid Video will be Devil Eleven Stable’s Go Go Shoot with jockey Ariel Smith aboard for trainer Joe Catanese III. The Florida homebred by Songandaprayer recently arrived into Catanese’s barn from trainer Jim Ryerson at Monmouth Park where he finished fifth last out in the Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) behind highly regarded J Be K.
Completing the field for the Valid Video are J D Farm’s Wise Answer, Jacks or Better Farm’s Brooks ‘n Down, Timothy O’Toole’s Flatter Me Blue, Charles Fontana’s Unbridled Heat, Reniere Dossantos’ Commander Bay, What A Fire Stables’ Orients Tune and Rose Family Stable’s Make Me Zach.