- Location: Aqueduct Racetrack – Jamaica, NY
- Inaugural Race: 1904
- Distance: 1 & 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
- Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
- Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
- 2019 Purse: $250,000
- 2019 Race Date: Saturday, December 7th
Recent Remsen Stakes News
- Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps (12/17/2018) - With the running of Sunday's Remington Springboard Mile, the last North American Kentucky Derby prep race of the year entered the history books, bringing to… ...Read More
- 2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Maximus Mischief (12/3/2018) - Is there anything more exciting in racing than an undefeated, graded stakes-winning Kentucky Derby contender? Hard to say, but in the quiet months of winter… ...Read More
- Maximus Mischief Handles Class, Distance Tests in Remsen Stakes (12/2/2018) - Big steps up in both class and distance can be problematic for some horses, but they were certainly no obstacle for Maximus Mischief in Saturday’s… ...Read More
- How to Bet the Exotics in the Remsen Stakes (11/29/2018) - If you’re among the many handicappers who figure to place their betting dollars on #5 Network Effect in Saturday’s $250,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct,… ...Read More
- Catholic Boy Wins Remsen, Impresses in Dirt Debut (12/3/2017) - Yesterday afternoon at Aqueduct, Catholic Boy delivered an eye-catching performance to win the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct by 4 ¾ lengths. But… ...Read More
2018 Remsen Stakes Entries and Results
|6||Maximus Mischief||Frankie Pennington||Robert E. Reid, Jr.||4.80||2.70||2.50|
|5||Network Effect||Javier Castellano||Chad C. Brown||2.30||2.10|
|7||Tax||Manuel Franco||Danny Gargan||3.80|
|3||Bourbon War||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Mark A. Hennig|
|1||Jungle Warrior||Jose L. Ortiz||James A. Jerkens|
|4||Gladiator King||Julian Pimentel||Jaime Mejia|
|2||Chinomado||Luis R. Reyes||Jaime Mejia|
- $2 Exacta (6-5) Paid: $8.10
- $2 Trifecta (6-5-7) Paid: $37.20
- $2 Superfecta (6-5-7-3) Paid: $91.40
Watch the 2018 Remsen Stakes
The History of the Remsen Stakes
The Remsen Stakes (G2) is the last 2-year-old race in the New York Racing Association area that forms part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. The winner earns 10 points, the runner-up four, the third-place finisher two and the fourth-place finisher one.
Named after Colonel Joremus Remsen, who led the American Revolutionary Forces in the 1776 Battle of Long Island, the Remsen Stakes was initially a sprint race, but its relevance to the Kentucky Derby grew after World War II when its distance was increased to a mile. Currently it’s run at 1 1/8 miles on the first Saturday in December.
Initially held at Jamaica Racetrack, it became even more important to the Triple Crown picture once it moved to Aqueduct in 1959. Seven Remsen Stakes winners between then and 1994 went on to win Classics the following season, five of them becoming multiple Classic winners. They were Carry Back (Derby and Preakness), Northern Dancer (Derby and Preakness), Damascus (Preakness and Belmont), Pleasant Colony (Derby and Preakness), Pine Bluff (Preakness), Go For Gin (Derby), and Thunder Gulch (Derby and Belmont).
Since 1995, however, no Remsen winner has taken out a Classic – 2006 Derby runner-up Bluegrass Cat getting the closest – but several have become grade one winners, including Coronado’s Quest, Court Vision, To Honor and Serve, Overanalyze, and Honor Code.
With the advent of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, most of the best 2-year-olds miss the Remsen Stakes, meaning there are often relatively few runners with stakes experience. Greater experience will help find the winner, but talent and stamina are also key.