Remsen Stakes Predictions, Betting Odds, Top Picks (Aqueduct)

Remsen Stakes Post Position and Odds

Check out our predictions and odds for the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct!

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
I Ortiz Jr T Pletcher
T McCarthy J Abreu
J Ortiz C McGaughey
M Franco R Handal
L Saez J T Servis
D Davis R Reid Jr
7 ZANDON 5/2
J Rosario C Brown
K Carmouche M Trombetta

Best Bets for the Remsen Stakes

Here are my plays ($60 in total)

$10 Win/Place/Show – Mr Jefferson = $30

$5 Exacta Box – Mr Jefferson, Mo Donegal and Judge Davis = $30

If you’re playing only to win, go with my long shot pick Mr Jefferson (15/1)

Remsen Stakes

Mo Donegal and Zandon, two recent maiden winners who were included in the first offering of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager last week, have the opportunity to make a late juvenile statement when they headline a field of eight entered in Saturday’s Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.

The Todd Pletcher trained Mo Donegal was the preferred colt in the Future Wager, and will likely go favored in the 9 furlongs, Remsen. A son of Uncle Mo, he overcame some trouble in his 6 ½ furlong debut to rally for third on September 30. Stretched out next time, he ran again at Belmont Park and kicked it in late to come home a 1 ½-length winner at 8 ½ furlongs three weeks later.

Meanwhile, Zandon has made only one start for trainer Chad Brown. That debut came on October 9 and began with a bit of an awkward start. The son of Upstart quickly got into stride, though, and after stalking in fourth early, he won the 6-furlong maiden race at Belmont Park going away.

Of the rest, Judge Davis looks like he will get the most betting support. The son of Distorted Humor broke his maiden two starts back and came back to finish third in the Grade 3 Nashua last time. He will be looking to give his Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey a record fifth win in the Remsen Stakes.

Race Analysis

Mo Donegal

A son of Uncle Mo, out of a Pulpit mare, he should be good at any distance, but it looks like he wants to run long. After rallying well to finish third in a maiden sprint at Belmont, he finished with a flourish to run by Fromanothamutha last time in an 8 ½ furlong maiden race. I thought his Hall of Fame trainer might have had two of the favorites in this race, but this one is the only one entered, which could be a sign that Pletcher has some real confidence in this colt. He breaks from the rail and has not shown any gate speed as of yet, so hopefully, he will not be too far out early. Having said that, they will likely not be running very fast early, so he should stay in touch. The way he has finished in his first two races, he looks like the one to beat on Saturday.


With only one start, it’s hard to know what this son of Upstart will do in the Remsen. Coming from only a 6-furlong maiden to the 9 furlongs Remsen seems like a pretty big task, but his Eclipse Award-winning trainer says that he wants the distance. His maiden win, a solid rallying victory while going 6 furlongs at Belmont eight weeks ago, was good enough for him to be noticed and added to the Kentucky Derby future wager, but it wasn’t exactly an eye-catching debut either. It’s certainly possible that he is the most talented horse in the race, and could win despite his inexperience, but I just don’t believe his odds will match his chances. As one of the favorites, I will take a shot against him here.

Judge Davis

Trained by Shug McGaughey, this one is the only one in the field with good stakes experience. After fading to fourth in a maiden sprint at Saratoga against good horses, the son of Distorted Hume came right back to break his maiden with a determined drive in a 8 ½ furlong maiden race at Belmont. From there he was entered in the Grade 3 Nashua, where he again stalked the early pace, before finishing third. He was no match for the promising Rockefeller, but it was a solid enough stakes debut. Now he adds blinkers as he stretches out to 9 furlongs. Perhaps the most tested horse in the field, I look for him to run another good race on Saturday, and is a likely board hitter.


Still a maiden, this speedy son of Unified has improved with each start. Two races ago, he ran a solid second to Judge Davis and last time he looked like a winner in the stretch, before Mo Donegal really got going late. With Judge Davis adding blinkers, his job up front might become even tougher as he attempts to break his maiden in a Grade 2 stakes race. I can’t pick him for the win in here, but it would be no surprise to see him on the lead as the field turns for home.

Who Hoo Thats Me

A New York-bred son of Keen Ice, this bay colt has been running strictly against statebreds in his first four starts. He has only once in the four, but he continues to improve and ran a solid third last time in a sloppy edition of the Sleepy Hollow. He is more experienced than the favorites in here and has the pedigree to appreciate the distance. He also has some tactical speed, but I’m hard-pressed to love his chances after going only 1-for-4 against fellow New York-breds.


Like many in Saturday’s $250,000 affair, this one will be tested for class. A little slow to get going in his first two starts, the son of Nyquist showed marked improvement in his third start when stretched out to a mile, winning by 1 ½-lengths. The win came at Parx, so it’s hard to know how that will stack up when he travels to New York, but it should be noted that a horse he beat last time, Smarten Up, came back to break his maiden by 9-lengths in his next start. Trainer Butch Reid has a nice history of bringing 2-year-olds to New York and running well in graded stakes, but I am still a little unsure whether this one will stack up in the Remsen.

Mr Jefferson

This son of Constitution has shifted back and forth between turf and dirt while running at Colonial Downs and Laurel Park in his first four career starts for trainer Michael Trombetta. The good news is that he is 2-for-2 on the main track, winning both starts nicely. Most recently, he was pinched back, waited, and then came running to win an allowance race in Maryland one month ago. With that experience under his belt, and appearing to want a distance, he looks like a horse who could surprise on Saturday at very attractive odds. My top long shot has a chance to beat them all on Saturday.

Midnight Chrome

This son of California Chrome broke his maiden on the grass, and he has been on the turf for his last three starts. In his debut, he faded pretty badly in his only career dirt race. In his only stakes appearance, he finished well back at Monmouth Park. Working on the dirt, perhaps he will appreciate a shift back to the main track. He will really have to improve in his return to dirt to have any chance in here. I find him hard to recommend.

How to Watch the Remsen Stakes

Remsen Stakes Race Information
Team Remsen Stakes (Grade 2)
Location Aqueduct
Time Saturday, December 4 — 3:14pm Eastern time
How to Watch Fox Sports 1
Purse $250,000

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