Stakes Saturday: Cigar Mile showdown, Derby preps hold spotlight

NTRA Communications
December 06, 2019 12:38pm
The Cigar Mile card featuring four graded stakes is the signature event of the Aqueduct fall meet set for Saturday. The headline race boasts Grade 1 winner Maximum Security and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run while juveniles take the spotlight in the Grade 2 Remsen and Demoiselle. Two-year-olds also hold court at Los Alamitos where the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity and Grade 1 Starlet Stakes highlight the track’s winter Thoroughbred meet.

Here's what to watch for, with races listed in chronological order and all times Eastern.
 

Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct (2:09 p.m.)

Three-time graded stakes winner Spiced Perfection will make her first start since competing in the Breeders' Cup, headlining a six-horse field in the one-mile Go for Wand for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Spiced Perfection is coming off a fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint on November 2 at Santa Anita, nine lengths back to winner Covfefe. Before making the West Coast trip, the 4-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger edged Dawn the Destroyer by a head to win the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America on October 5 at Keeneland, winning on the same track where she captured the seven-furlong Grade 1 Madison Stakes on April 6 by a neck.



Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct (3:13 p.m.)

Coming off a 5 ½-length victory in the Tempted on November 1, Courtlandt Farms' Maedean will make her graded stakes debut when headlining a full field of 12 in the Demoiselle, which offers 10-4-2-1 qualifying points towards the Kentucky Oaks to the top-four finishers. A daughter of Tapit purchased for $450,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Maedean broke her maiden at second asking by 1 ¼ lengths on October 5 at Belmont after finishing fourth in her debut.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Fiftyshays Ofgreen
Bernardini
J. Servis
J. Velazquez
3rd, Bel MSW (9/8/2019-R7)
Entered
 Maedean
Tapit
6.59
M. Hennig
L. Saez
1st, 2019 Tempted (LS) View Video
Entered
 Glass Ceiling
Constitution
D. Gargan
E. Cancel
Entered
 Miss Marissa
He's Had Enough
4.79
J. Ryerson
D. Davis
6th, 2019 Frizette (G1) View Video
Entered
 Alandra
Blame
6.87
C. McGaughey III
J. Rosario
3rd, 2019 Alcibiades (G1) View Video
Entered
 Critical Value
Bodemeister
5.12
J. Englehart
I. Ortiz, Jr.
1st, 2019 Maid of the Mist (RS) View Video
Entered
 Jara
Constitution
J. Servis
J. Bravo
Entered
 I Dare U
Daredevil
G. Weaver
M. Franco
1st, Bel MSW (10/25/2019-R1)
Entered
 Blame Debbie
Blame
H. Motion
J. Castellano
1st, Kee MSW (10/6/2019-R6)
Entered
 Daphne Moon
Cairo Prince
4.45
J. Englehart
J. Ortiz
5th, 2019 Frizette (G1) View Video
Entered
 Water White
Conveyance
R. Rodriguez
L. Reyes
1st, Aqu MSW (11/15/2019-R3)
Entered
 Lake Avenue
Tapit
W. Mott
J. Alvarado
1st, Aqu MSW (11/14/2019-R3)
Entered


Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct (3:43 p.m.)

A field of nine juveniles will hope to garner qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in the 106th edition of the Remsen, which is the first of five local preps for the "Run for the Roses." The Remsen offers 10-4-2-1 points toward the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and is also the only graded stakes event on the North American stakes calendar for 2-year-old colts going 1 1/8 miles. Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out a pair of contenders in Alpha Sixty Six and stakes-placed Chase Tracker. Alpha Sixty Six broke his maiden first out on September 7 over the Belmont Park main track as the lukewarm favorite before running a troubled fifth in the Grade 1 Champagne, while Chase Tracker enters the Remsen off a distant third in the Grade 3 Nashua to runaway winner Independence Hall.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.


Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct (4:16 p.m.)

Multiple Grade 1 winner Maximum Security and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run headline a talented field of 11 for the 31st running of the Cigar Mile Handicap. Maximum Security has won six of eight career starts, including Grade 1 scores in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in March and the Haskell Invitational on July 20 at Monmouth Park. Last out, Maximum Security returned off a three-month layoff following his Haskell score to capture the Grade 3 Bold Ruler against older company at Belmont. Spun to Run, trained by Juan Carlos Guerrero, boasts a record of 5-1-3 from 11 career starts. The son of Hard Spun arrives at the Cigar Mile from a 9-1 front-running score over Omaha Beach in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 2 at Santa Anita Park.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
279Whitmore
Pleasantly Perfect
7.47
R. Moquett
J. Rosario
3rd, 2019 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) View Video
Entered
 Bal Harbour
First Samurai
5.88
T. Pletcher
J. Velazquez
3rd, 2019 Fayette Stakes (G2) View Video
Entered
 Forewarned
Flat Out
4.79
U. St. Lewis
A. Salgado
3rd, 2019 Parx Dirt Mile (LS) View Video
Entered
 Pat On the Back
Congrats
6.23
J. Englehart
D. Davis
3rd, 2019 Empire Classic (RS) View Video
Entered
 Maximum Security
New Year's Day
8.67
J. Servis
L. Saez
1st, 2019 Bold Ruler (G3) View Video
Entered
 Spun To Run
Hard Spun
5.77
J. Guerrero
I. Ortiz, Jr.
1st, 2019 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) View Video
Entered
 Nicodemus
Candy Ride
4.45
L. Rice
M. Franco
4th, 2019 John A. Nerud (G2) View Video
Entered
 Network Effect
Mark Valeski
5.04
C. Brown
J. Castellano
1st, Aqu Allow (11/10/2019-R7)
Entered
 Looking At Bikinis
Lookin At Lucky
5.46
C. Brown
J. Ortiz
11th, 2019 Travers Stakes (G1) View Video
Entered
 Tale of Silence
Tale of the Cat
5.12
B. Tagg
J. Alvarado
2nd, 2019 Bold Ruler (G3) View Video
Entered
 True Timber
Mineshaft
6.06
K. McLaughlin
J. Bravo
3rd, 2019 Bold Ruler (G3) View Video
Entered


Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos (4:58 p.m.)

Anneau d’Or, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is part of a compact field of four entrants set to contest the Los Alamitos Futurity, which offers Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to its top finishers. Trained by Blaine Wright, Anneau d’Or came into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile off a maiden win and was beaten just head by Storm the Court. Hall of Famer Bob Baffert has half the field with 8-5 morning-line favorite Thousand Words and Grade 3 winner High Velocity.



Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos (6:28 p.m.)

Donna Veloce and Bast, the second and third-place finishers in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 1, head up a field of five entered for the 1 1/16-miles Starlet Stakes. Donna Veloce, from the barn of Simon Callaghan, will be making just her third career start having broken her maiden at first asking at Santa Anita on September 28. Trained by Bob Baffert, Bast captured the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Chandelier Stakes before finishing third to race winner British Idiom in the Juvenile Fillies.


 

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