Let’s take a quick look at the two-year old stakes on the Cigar Mile undercard. Both are nine furlong races, the Remsen for the boys and the Demoiselle for the girls.
Aqueduct Race 9 (G2 Remsen) – We are going to try #8 Vouch (6-1), a winner on debut at Laurel for Arnaud Delacour. Vouch was heavily bet (even-month) on debut and toyed with the field, winning 8 lengths while setting a moderate pace on the typically-weaker Laurel inside. The was one other inside winner on the card, but most of the winners, like usual there, made late wide moves. Vouch is a half to Calamity Kate, a stakes-winner going long, and her debut win was going two-turns. Our other main use is #7 Alkhaatam (7-2) for Chad Brown. He was a closing third on debut behind Indimaaj, a fellow-Shadwell runner that goes out for Kiaran McLaughlin. We were hoping to see Indimaaj in here and really liked his race that day.
Aqueduct Race 8 (G2 Demoiselle) – We’re going to take a shot with another Arnaud Delacour / Laurel shipper, this time #7 Layla Noor (12-1). This is actually the first time she’s been entered to run on dirt (though she was fourth to Rushing Fall in the Jessamine at Keeneland). Last time, however, she broke poorly, stayed on the weaker rail, got shuffled back, and exploded on the rail to win going away. It was a very impressive performance, and though perhaps a bit slow, it was a better race in reality than the figure makes it look, and she’ll be a big price. We’ll also have to use #6 Maurer Power (4-1), an explosive debut winner going 6.5 furlongs for John Servis and #3 Wonder Gadot (2-1) who had trouble in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies (though she might have been done already). #1 Daisy (5-2) was a nice winner of the Tempted, but that was a weaker field. She’ll probably be loose on the lead, however.