Trainer Daniel Velazquez was "very confident" in BROOKLYN
STRONG'S chances in the Remsen. Afterwards, he said, "I knew the distance was
key and I was confident about the off track. Adding, "today was a big showcase
for him against tougher competition and I couldn't be happier."
By collecting the 10 KD points, BROOKLYN STRONG moves in a
fourth-place tie with GET HER NUMBER and SITTING ON GO on the up-to-date 2021
Kentucky Derby leaderboard. They are all trying to chase down current leader
ESSENTIAL QUALITY, sitting on top with 30 following his wins in the Breeders'
Cup Juvenile and Breeders' Futurity.
Velazquez said, "this is a big prep race for the for the
Derby moving forward. Now, we're definitely Derby dreaming."
The Remsen Stakes winner has represented at the Kentucky
Derby seven times since 2000. HONOR CODE was the last Remsen Champ to run for
the Roses in 2013 after taking the Remsen Trophy in 2012. BLUEGRASS CAT was the
closet to the competing the Remsen/Kentucky Derby Double, finishing second
behind BARBARO at Churchill in 2006.
The trainer isn't quite sure when BROOKLYN STRONG will
continue his Kentucky Derby dream saying, "we'll come back healthy and then
start picking our spots. Other Derby hopefuls have two more chances in 2020 to
claim the winners' 10 in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park on December 18th
and the Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos on the 19th.
The Springboard Mile and Los Alamitos Futurity titleholders
will join BROOKLYN STRONG near the top of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard and
share the same Derby dream heading into 2021.