Derby Dreaming after the Remsen Stakes

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Sunday, December 6, 2020

BROOKLYN STRONG and TEN FOR TEN battled it out in the stretch for the 2020 Remsen Stakes Crown and the winners' 10 qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. BROOKLYN STRONG eased past TEN FOR TEN in the final strides on the slop to take the 2020 Remsen Trophy.

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.


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