Haikal won the $300,000 Gotham Stakes by one length at Aqueduct, earning 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Haikal ran one mile in 1:35.63 on Saturday and paid $10.80, $4.90 and $2.90. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
Mind Control returned $5.90 and $3.30. Instagrand was another half-length back in third and paid $2.50 to show. Much Better, trained by Bob Baffert, finished fourth.
Twenty Derby qualifying points went to Mind Control, while Instagrand earned 10. Much Better received five points.
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It was the first loss in three career starts for Instagrand, who like Much Better, shipped in from California.