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2013 Remsen at Aqueduct

Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct

OveranalyzeThis Saturday we have two 2014 Kentucky Derby Points races in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. In this post we will be covering the Remsen. In last year’s Remsen we saw two future Derby contenders battle it out when Overanalyze nosed out Normandy Invasion in a breathtaking finish and this year’s event should be no different. Overanalyze went on to win the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, but disappointed us in the Kentucky Derby running 11th. Normandy Invasion went on to grab a 2nd place finish in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and an impressive 4th place finish in the Kentucky Derby. This year we have 9 two year olds looking to make their marks on racing history, so let’s take a look at the 2013 Remsen Stakes.

Grade 2 Remsen Stakes

Cairo PrinceThe Grade 2 $400,000 Remsen Stakes is the 9th race on the card this Saturday at Aqueduct. This field of 9 two year olds will be battling it out over 1 1/8 mile. The big talk in this race is the match-up between Honor Code and the undefeated Cairo Prince. Honor Code earned 4 points towards the 2014 Kentucky Derby when he ran 2nd to Havana in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont, missing the victory by a neck. Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Javier Castellano, Honor Code has a strong chance in the Remsen. Cairo Prince is currently undefeated in his only 2 starts having won a straight maiden 70k at Belmont by 2 ¾ lengths and following that up with a 2 ½ length victory in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct. Honor CodeBoth of these horses should be up in the mix for the Remsen, but I have 2 value plays you should consider. The first is Noble Moon. Noble Moon made a fantastic come from behind charge in the Nashua to finish 3rd. He had a slow start and was 12th at the start of the race. From start to finish he gained ground and the added distance in this race should give him an advantage. He was 6 wide out in the lane, too, so given a better trip here, Noble Moon should run big on Saturday. The other possibility is Mental Iceberg. He has only been in one race but he won that one by ¾ of a length. It was a straight maiden 75k at Belmont on the turf and the distance was 1 1/16 mile. The speed figure wasn’t super impressive, so that could be an issue, but I believe he will make a strong showing here. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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