Donegal Racing’s Mo Donegal battled gamely down the lane to most effective Zandon by a nose in Saturday’s Quality 2, $250,000 Remsen Stakes, a 9-furlong take a look at for juveniles, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, the Uncle Mo colt entered the Remsen, which available 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying details, from an outstanding 1 1/16-mile maiden rating on Oct 21 at Belmont Park.
With Irad Ortiz, Jr. up from the within submit, Mo Donegal tracked together the rail in fifth as Fromanothamutha established splits of 25.18 seconds, 51.47 and 1:16.34 over the quickly main keep track of less than pressure Midnight Chrome.
Zandon, traveling comfortably in 3rd placement less than Hall of Famer John Velazquez, was asked for his very best operate all-around the ultimate flip and took command in upper stretch. Mo Donegal, in have to have of racing space, was tipped 5-extensive for the stretch run and rallied resolutely to make the guide inside the remaining furlong while angling in near to a recreation Zandon.
The two rivals powered to the wire in tandem with Mo Donegal prevailing by a nose in a closing time of 1:53.61.
It was a even further 9 3/4-lengths back again to Midnight Chrome in third. Rounding out the buy of end ended up Mr Jefferson, Eloquist, Who Hoo Thats Me, Fromanuthamutha and Decide Davis.
A jockey’s objection by Velazquez and inquiry by the stewards into the extend run battle resulted in no adjust to the order of end.
“We were being down the lane fighting in a big race,” Ortiz, Jr. explained pertaining to the stretch run. “He [Velazquez] was driving his horse and I was using mine. It was a very good race and we obtained with each other a minimal just before the wire, but it was a attractive race. He [Mo Donegal] tried out his hardest and I did my greatest. We obtained fortunate with the head bob and received there.”
Velazquez mentioned his horse set in a winning exertion.
“My horse ran a good race – a winning race,” Velazquez mentioned. “Right at the sixteenth pole, he [Mo Donegal] received on best of me and I just missed. He laid on prime of me right right before the wire and just conquer me by pretty little.”
Ortiz, Jr. explained he had no choice but to angle wide for the stretch operate.
“I was on the lookout for some area and there have been four horses in front of me. So, I experienced to wait a handful of jumps and go all-around,” Ortiz, Jr. stated. “It most likely cost me a length and a fifty percent. He idled a very little bit. He’s a youthful horse and I experimented with to meet the other horse and keep likely. As before long as he got to the other horse, he fought again. He was completely ready.”
Pletcher, who previously gained the Remsen with Bluegrass Cat  and Overanalyze , stated he was delighted with the hard work.
“I thought he ran fantastic. He was receiving a superior, floor-preserving trip and place himself in a great spot,” Pletcher reported. “He variety of had to angle out a minor little bit and shed some ground there but it looked like when he received there he is even now striving to determine out how to polish it off. The other horse battled back again.”
Bred in Kentucky by Ashview Farm and Colts Neck Stables, Mo Donegal banked $137,500 in victory, even though enhancing his report to 3-2–1. He returned $4.90 for a $2 win wager.