Talented juveniles chase Derby dreams in G2 Remsen
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.
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.