Tal­ented ju­ve­niles chase Derby dreams in G2 Rem­sen

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By Ryan Martin when you’re up against those type of horses. We watched his gal­lop out and he did so very well. The race won’t be a dis­tance is­sue if he’s good enough.”

Bred in Ken­tucky by Over­brook Farm and Kil­dare Stud, Al­pha Sixty Six is a bay son of first crop sire Liam’s Map out of the dual stakes-placed Gi­ant’s Cause­way brood­mare Gi­ant Sen­sa­tion. He was ac­quired for $400,000 at the 2018 Keeneland Septem­ber Year­ling Sale.

Hall of Fame jockey John Ve­lazquez will look to build on his record of four Rem­sen vic­to­ries as the pi­lot aboard Al­pha Sixty Six from post 8.

Chase Tracker, owned by St. Elias Sta­bles, en­ters the Rem­sen off a dis­tant third in the Grade 3 Nashua to run­away win­ner Independen­ce Hall. This ef­fort came af­ter a de­but win at Parx Rac­ing, which the dark bay

Ver­razano colt won by 3 ¼ lengths gar­ner­ing an 82 Beyer Speed Fig­ure.

Chase Tracker is out of the Lemon Drop Kid brood­mare Nut­meg and is a di­rect de­scen­dant of dual Cal­i­for­nia Brood­mare of the Year Guilded Times.

Break­ing from post 1, Chase Tracker will be rid­den by Hall of Famer Javier Castel­lano, who guided Honor Code to vic­tory in the 2013 Rem­sen.

Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey boasts the record for most Rem­sen vic­to­ries among train­ers and will at­tempt to sad­dle a fifth win­ner with Phipps Sta­bles’ Amends.

The Ken­tucky home­bred son of Un­cle Mo, who sired 2016 Rem­sen win­ner Mo Town, was sixth on de­but, but sported blink­ers and broke his maiden at sec­ond ask­ing over a sloppy off-theturf event at Bel­mont Park in late Oc­to­ber.

“He’s a big, nice-looking, sound 2-year-old,” said McGaughey, who sad­dled Honor Code (2013), Saar­land (2001), Coron­ado’s Quest (1997) and Fast Play (1988) to Rem­sen tri­umphs. “He has a great way of go­ing but he’s not a very good work horse so he’s hard to get a gauge on. His sec­ond race was a good race in the slop. He’s prob­a­bly a true mile-and-an-eighth or far­ther type of horse. I hope the stretch out in dis­tance and the blink­ers made the dif­fer­ence. If they want to run around two turns, they’ll run around two turns. It doesn’t mat­ter what you’ll do with him.”

Amends’ re­spec­tive sec­ond and third dam are both Eclipse Award win­ners. His dam Guilty Ver­dict is out of 2005 Cham­pion 3-Year-Old Filly Smug­gler, whose dam was 1995 Cham­pion Older Mare and Hall of Famer In­side In­for­ma­tion.

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Ajaaweed, rid­den by Joel Rosario and trained by Kiaran McLaugh­lin cap­ture a maiden spe­cial weight race at Bel­mont Park, Sept. 11 and is one of nine ju­ve­niles to race in Satur­day’s Grade 2 Rem­sen at Aqueduct Race­track.

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