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The Gotham Stakes is a race named for New York City, which in years past was often dubbed Gotham City (first used by Washington Irving in 1807, and based on the “Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham” (1460), a collection of legendary stories of English villagers alternately wise and foolish.). The Gotham, a race for 3-year-olds run at 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) on Aqueduct’s inner-dirt track, is the final local prep for the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) as well as being a  prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Gotham was won by Secretariat in 1973 on the road to his historic Triple Crown season. (Note: Secretariat finished third in Aqueduct’s Wood Memorial, which was won by his stablemate Angle Light – nobody’s perfect.)    

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