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Remsen Stakes 2019 Picks

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Remsen Stakes – G3
Purse: $250,000
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Age: 2YO

Early morning rain and freezing temperature will be a factor when a field of relative newcomers to the Kentucky Derby trail will make their way to the starting gate for the Grade 3 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

The field of nine includes Ajaaweed who earned 1 point for his fourth place finish behind Maxfield in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. Rosario returns to ride for Shadwell Stable and was the pilot for the maiden victory two back at Belmont.

Remsen Stakes on the Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Remsen Stakes is one of two races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby this weekend and offers the top four finishers a 10-4-2-1 split of the total 17 points up for grabs towards a place on the leader board for Derby 146. Currently headlined by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court with 22 points, today’s Remsen winner could join the four others that currently have 10 points and be tied for third. If Ajaaweed wins, he’ll propell himself to third with 11 total points and just 1 shy of Tiz the Law.

Remsen Stakes 2019 field by post position with analysis

1. Chase Tracker – Son of 2013 Wood Memorial winner Verrazano (who was on a five race win streak before finishing 14th in the Derby), he’ll get a new rider in Castellano for Pletcher. A maiden winner at Parx in his first start, he was a well beaten third last time out in the G3 Nashua behind Independence Hall who was bet down to 13-1 at the close of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 . Note: Sire won the Wood in April ’13 on the lead but 1 1/8 miles was his limit. Second choice at 7-2 and will wear blinkers for the first time. TOP 3.

2. Forza Di Oro – Opens as the lukewarm favorite at 3-1 for Mott, off  a second out maiden score at Belmont going 1 1/16 miles. Second to Ajaaweed two back in first trip to the track for the marbles, he’s sitting on a best of 5/8 bullet. But never easy to win right back after maiden victory.  Sire was a sprinter winning 10 times, and who’s biggest victory came in his final start taking the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park. To this guy’s credit, he’s already gone beyond the maximum distance performed by his sire.

3. Cleon Jones – NYRA bred runner is a two-time winner vs. state-bred competition. Trainer is only 7% in trips to the winner’s circle at Aqueduct. Ortiz Jr. lands here, but probably not of his own accord as he was replaced by Castellano on the #1. 6-1 in the morning line seems generous.

4. Ajaaweed – At 9-2, he’s 5th choice in the field despite having beaten Forza Di Oro who will open as the ML favorite. Fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity, he was no match against the top 3 including Maxfield who blew past him in the far turn to win going away. Still, this guy returns to New York where he’s had success against the perceived pick. Like his chances and consider where Rosario lands when he could have made ‘Amends’ with the outside runner. TOP CHOICE.

5. Informative – Nothing special about this son of Bodemeister who heretofore raced at Parx without a trip to the winner’s circle in five attempts. Beaten a nose LTO at Laurel going 6 furlongs and doesn’t belong here.

6. Shotski – Scratched from the KYJC last weekend, he’ll make his NYRA debut after a fourth place finish in the Street Sense in prior. Son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame, he has tactical speed and expect him to set the pace from the start. How long can he go? Don’t expect much.

7. Prince James – Gets blinkers for this one but Leparoux doesn’t follow him here after teaming up for a second place finish LTO at Churchill vs. OCNW1X. Won at first asking in a Monmouth MSW. Could like the off going and be part of the exotics at a price. 

8. Alpha Sixty Six – Would be favorite except for the fact that he exits the Champagne from which we saw heavy favorite Tiz the Law close out the tri-fecta in the Kentucky Jockey Club last weekend. Goes sans the hood after two tries. Sire never wore the hood when winning the G1 Woodward and Breeders’ Cup Mile on the front ever step. Expect he’ll be sent from the start with a shot to take them all the way around the track. TOP TWO.

9. Amends – Phipps Stable’s runner won his last start in a sloppy MSW at Belmont. But Rosario, aboard for both career outings, opts for the Shadwell runner, Ajaaweed. Expect decent effort in first start since maiden victory. But it’s tough to win right back at this level.

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