Remsen Stakes

  • 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
Catholic Boy winning the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct - Viola Jasko/Adam Coglianese Photography

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2018 Remsen Stakes Entries and Results

6Maximus MischiefFrankie PenningtonRobert E. Reid, Jr.4.802.702.50
5Network EffectJavier CastellanoChad C. Brown2.302.10
7TaxManuel FrancoDanny Gargan3.80
3Bourbon WarIrad Ortiz, Jr.Mark A. Hennig
1Jungle WarriorJose L. OrtizJames A. Jerkens
4Gladiator KingJulian PimentelJaime Mejia
2ChinomadoLuis R. ReyesJaime Mejia

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (6-5) Paid: $8.10
  • $2 Trifecta (6-5-7) Paid: $37.20
  • $2 Superfecta (6-5-7-3) Paid: $91.40

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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.