With the Kentucky Derby trail well under way, attention will turn to the 2016 Remsen to see if anyone can recreate the firestorm that Mohaymen managed to in romping this race last year. The favorite is expected to be Takaful, who was just at Belmont winning a maiden special weight in decisive fashion. He will face off against ten other contenders.
It’s very easy – and fun – to get excited about the early development of the juvenile class but that can lead to some misgivings about talent. Mohaymen was such a gifted early bloomer that he was the leader in the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager at one point.The 2016 Remsen winner could suffer a similar fate.
Let’s not forget that the best three-year-old colt from the 2016 campaign actually ended up being Arrogate, who didn’t even compete in the Triple Crown.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is well aware that pumping the brakes on the hype train is a necessary evil. Addressing the 2016 Remsen Stakes, the trainer noted that this will be a serious indication of how good Takaful actually is. “It’s a big step up from a maiden to a grade II and it’s a big step up from 6 1/2 to a mile and an eighth, but he’s certainly a grade II type,” McLaughlin noted. “The distance is a little bit of a concern, but we don’t have a lot of options, so we’re going to give it a go. We’ve missed out on a prep, but we can’t do anything about that, so we’re going to hope for the best.”
Almost the entire field will be making their stakes debuts in this race. The only two that aren’t are No Dozing, who finished 4th at the Breeders’ Futirity, and Sleep Hallow Stakes runner-up Tellmeafookystory.
The 2016 Remsen Stakes is on Saturday, November 28th and offers a point distribution of 10-4-2-1 as part of the derby trail. The Kentucky Jockey Club and the Cattleya Sho (Japan) are another pair of races in that series that will run this coming weekend.
2016 Remsen Stakes – Saturday, November 28th at Aqueduct
1 1/8th Miles – Juveniles – $300,000
|1||Tellmeafookystory (NY)||Kendrick Carmouche||116||Todd A. Pletcher||–|
|2||Newman (KY)||Joel Rosario||116||Thomas Albertrani||–|
|3||Hookup (KY)||Manuel Franco||116||David A. Cannizzo||–|
|4||Takaful (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||116||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||–|
|5||Tale of Silence (KY)||Jose Lezcano||116||Barclay Tagg||–|
|6||Win With Pride (KY)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||116||Todd A. Pletcher||–|
|7||You’re to Blame (KY)||Javier Castellano||116||Chad C. Brown||–|
|8||Mo Town (KY)||John R. Velazquez||116||Anthony W. Dutrow||–|
|9||No Dozing (KY)||Daniel Centeno||116||Arnaud Delacour||–|
|10||Lead Astray (KY)||Antonio A. Gallardo||116||Claude R. McGaughey III||–|