Kentucky Derby contender profile: Shotski

The unheralded Shotski sold for just $25,000 as a yearling, but with his triumph in the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) on December 7 at Aqueduct, he has emerged as a genuine threat for next year’s classics.

Aqueduct spot plays for Cigar Mile Day

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]

How to bet the 2019 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct

On Saturday, December 7, nine promising 2-year-olds with Kentucky Derby (G1) aspirations will head to the Aqueduct starting gate for the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2).

Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps

Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography 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 a close the first stage of qualification for the 2019 “Run for the Roses.” From September through December, nine Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races were conducted across the country, and while the majority offered the same number of qualification [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Maximus Mischief

Maximus Mischief winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand 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 such a horse has to rank pretty high on the excitement meter, and Maximus Mischief has the racing world abuzz after bringing his race record to a perfect 3-for-3 with a victory in the December 2nd Remsen [...]

Maximus Mischief Handles Class, Distance Tests in Remsen Stakes

Maximus Mischief winning the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand 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 $250,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, as the speedy colt kept his unbeaten record intact with another eye-catching victory. With qualifications points for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on the line, the 1 1/8-mile Remsen marked [...]

How to Bet the Exotics in the Remsen Stakes

Network Effect winning his debut at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography 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, I certainly can’t blame you. What’s not to like? He’s got the powerful team of trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano in his corner, and he’s done little wrong in two starts to date. After breaking his maiden by [...]

Catholic Boy Wins Remsen, Impresses in Dirt Debut

Catholic Boy winning the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct - Viola Jasko/Adam Coglianese Photography 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 while his victory was decisive and placed him firmly on to the road to the Kentucky Derby, the biggest takeaway from the race might be the effect that the track had on the outcome and the final time. Catholic Boy [...]

Avery Island Seeks Aqueduct Double in Remsen Stakes

Avery Island wins Nashua Stakes (Coglianese Photos/Anette Jasko) Question: What do Read the Footnotes, Rockport Harbor, Bluegrass Cat, Buddy’s Saint, To Honor and Serve, and Mohaymen all have in common? Answer: They all scored back-to-back wins in the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct during their juvenile seasons. To put it another way, winning the Nashua Stakes has been a pretty good indicator that a horse will be competitive in the $250,000 Remsen [...]

Catholic Boy off turf to contest Remsen Stakes

Catholic Boy sprints home to win the 2017 With Anticipation Stakes. Pic: Coglianese Photos. High-quality turf colt Catholic Boy becomes an intriguing addition to the horses on the Road to the Kentucky Derby when he contests the 1 1/8-mile Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct Dec. 2. Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) contested his first three races on grass. He won a maiden at Gulfstream Park, and followed that with a stylish victory in the With Anticipation Stakes (G3) [...]