The Grade 2 REMSEN STAKES from Aqueduct will go forward at 2:51 ET on Saturday. The Kentucky Derby prep race is contested at the 9 furlongs distance and boasts a purse of $250k.
VEGAS NO SHOW races for trainer Kelly Breen and jockey Paco Lopez. He has a win going two turns as he won the Delaware Park’s Dover Stakes by a nose. That’s an important plus for him. He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Bullsbay, a horse that got better as the distance got longer. This race appears to be just what he is looking to do.
IRSAAL won a race that was taken off the turf at Belmont and then finished fifth in the Nashua over this track. It looks like he is going to take a bit longer to mature, but could do well here anyway. Kiaran McLaughlin rarely runs horses over their head so he probably sees something that we cant. Alan Garcia is the rider.
Todd Pletcher brings MICROMANAGE to the races. An easy first out winner, he couldn’t quite sustain himself in the Champagne Stakes where he finished fifth of six horses. Experience will probably do him some good. The son of Medaglia d’Oro is obviously talented. John Velazquez wouldn’t be aboard to ride if he wasn’t.
DELHOMME is also trained by Todd Pletcher. Bet to favoritism in his debut, he finished second to a nice colt called Honorable Dillion. He made amends with a wire to wire score in his second start going a flat mile. Today’s distance might test the Pennsylvania bred, but he looks to be one of the classier runners in this group. JJ Castellano gets the call to ride.
KEEP THE CANOLI made a big run at Vegas No Show in the Dover Stakes, but came up just short. That effort was on the heels of a maiden breaking win at Laurel going a flat mile. He broke his maiden while racing for a tag, so there may be class questions for him to answer. Greg Sacco is the listed trainer. Rajiv Maragh will pilot the son of Imperialism.
OVERANALYZE is a coupled entry with Micromanage. The more experienced half of the entry, this bay colt won the Grade 2 Futurity two starts ago. He followed it up with a third place finish behind Uncaptured in the Iroquois Stakes. It will be interesting to see how he handles today’s distance. Ramon Dominguez is listed to ride.
David Donk’s STORMY LEN is bred beautifully to appreciate today’s route distance. He got away awkwardly in the Nashua when last seen and failed to fire. Bettors should probably forgive that effort. He could be any kind. Junior Alvarado will pilot this colt.
Try saying QUINZIEME MONARQUE five times fast. The son of Rock Hard Ten, the sire who was sold to Korean interests this week, will be trying a fast track for the first time. His lone win came from well off the pace in turf route race at Belmont Park. Jockey Joel Rosario figures to move him up as he is one of the best finishers in America. Thomas Albertrani is the trainer.
NORMANDY INVASION won about as easy as a horse can win to break his maiden second time out for Chad Brown. He drew clear by 9 1/4 lengths to win the 1 mile Aqueduct maiden race under Jose Lezcano. It’s hard to get too hyped up off just a single maiden win, but he looked damn good and could be any kind.
This isn’t a race I’m going to go crazy on, but I think OVERANALYZE will offer value. He suffered from a poor trip in the Iroquois Stakes, so I’m not worried about that effort. Leparoux, usually one of my favorite riders, gave him a bad ride. We saw how talented he is when he won the Futurity and I think he has the potential to move up with some extra distance.