Supporting the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) program at Aqueduct a week from Saturday are the Go for Wand (G3) for fillies and mares going a mile on the main track along with the Remsen (G2) and Demoiselle (G2), both for 2-year-old going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.
On Friday, the New York Racing Association provided an early look at the prospective fields.
In the $250,000 Remsen, Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher could be holding a strong hand with the pair of Overstep and Mo Donegal. Overstep, a New York-bred by Into Mischief owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable, blitzed a field of state-bred maidens on debut at Belmont Park in late September. Stretched out to a mile for the Oct. 30 Sleepy Hollow for New York-breds on Oct. 30, Overstep was edged by a half-length when second under Irad Ortiz Jr.
Mo Donegal was third on debut when sprinting against open maidens at Belmont Park on Sept. 30. Wheeled back three weeks later and stretch to a mile-and-a-sixteenth, the son of Uncle Mo came from off the pace to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Chad Brown is also circling the Remsen with a pair of colts. Forced Ranking, a son of Mastery, earned his diploma in his second start going seven furlongs at Belmont Park on Oct. 17; and Zandon, an Upstart colt who graduated on debut sprinting at Belmont Park.
Pletcher and Brown will also likely battle in the $250,000 Demoiselle. Pletcher is targeting the race with Nest, who was a debut winner at Belmont Park and came back to just miss in the Sept. 5 Tempted when third by three-quarters of a length.
Brown has Distinctlypossible in the mix. While still a maiden after two starts, the Curlin filly exits a runner-up finish to Juju's Map in the Alcibiades (G2) at Keeneland.
Another candidate exiting the Tempted is third-place finisher Magic Circle for Rudy Rodriguez.
In the $250,000 Go for Wand, only four horses were listed as probable by the NYRA racing office. Among those are Southern California invader Bella Vita for trainer Simon Callaghan. The 4-year-old Bayern filly has won two of her last three starts, which includes the Betty Grable for California-breds at Del Mar on Nov. 7.
Lady Rocket would enter for trainer Brad Cox having won a pair of stakes races in her last three starts. The 4-year-old Tale of the Cat filly took down the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town in August and most recently won the Pumpkin Pie at Belmont Park over a sloppy track on Oct. 31.