Mohaymen Is Your 2015 Remsen Stakes Winner

With an unbeaten record hanging in the balance, Mohaymen ran a perfect race to become the 2015 Remsen Stakes winner with relative ease. The GR2 race for two-year old geldings held a purse of $300,000 and was once again run at Aquaduct in New York as one of the main attractions of the last Super Saturday on the calendar.

The son of Tapit rode the rail at fourth around the final turn before forcing his way between Donegal Moon and Flexibility. Junior Alvarado pressed Mohaymen down the stretch, and nobody else on the track was a match. Mohaymen became the 2015 Remsen Stakes winner by a margin of 1 1/2 lengths.

Mohaymen is now the KDFW leader at 14/1

This is a big accolade for Mohaymen, who will become eligible for the 2016 Triple Crown series. The product of trainer Kerian Mclaughlin is now the Kentucky Derby Futures Wager front runner at a price of 14/1. He has gained an edge over his soon-to-be rivalies, Airoforce (33/1) and Brody’s Cause (23/1).

The 2015 Remsen Stakes winner also collected 10 points on The Road To The Kentucky Derby 2016 prep race circuit. Flexibility took home 4 points in second, while Gift Box nabbed two points and Sail Ahoy earned a single point for their efforts as the show and check.

Flexibility has now placed behind Moyahmen in back-to-back races.

2015 Remsen Stakes Results
1. Mohaymen
2. Flexibility
3. Gift Box
4. Sail Ahoy
5. Donegal Moon
6. Ravenheart
7. Hunter O’Riley
8. Runaway King
9. Marengo Road

The expectations on Mohaymen are massive as he was purchased from Clearsky Farms for an enormous sum of $2.2 million last year. So far, Shadwell Stable’s investment has been solid with a double victory as the Nashua and Remsen Stakes winner. His next race is the Holy Bull Stakes (GR2) in January 30th, 2016 but that’s still a fair distance in the future so stay tuned.

Elsewhere during Super Saturday at the Aquaduct, Tonalist won the 2015 Cigar Mile, just ahead of stablemate Red Vine. Private Zone was unable to defend his 2014 win and ended fifth of of a field of six despite 6/5 odds.

Those that were able to back the 2015 Remsen Stakes winner were paid out $5.10, $3.30 and $250. Mohaymen is absolutely a horse worth tracking for the upcoming 2016 season and an early lean for those considering a KDFW.

Ahh… Chocolate (Falls) City

Longshot Gamblers Rose was pacing the start of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) race at Churchill Downs yesterday (November 26), but it was Ahh Chocolate who wound up powering through to the end of the race, wining the nine-furlong by 1 1/2 lengths. The first two were tracked by Theogony, who came in second. Third place went to Call Pat. ahh choco

The three-year-old filly and Stonewall Farm home-bred Ahh Chocolate had 6-1 odds as the third-favorite in the race and paid out $14.20, $7, and $4.20. Her trainer is Neil Howard, and was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.

“She’s a big filly; she’s growing all the time,” said Howard post-race. “We knew by fall she had started coming to hand. She ran well in the Chilukki [Stakes, gr. II, Nov. 7] and we knew she was consistent on this track.”

The favorite heading into the $200,000 Falls City race was Frivolous, at 3-1 odds. Unfortunately a tendon injury forced Frivolous out of the race, as well as today’s Clark Handicap (gr. I), and is going to be retired. 5-1 favorite So Sweet and Needmore Flattery (50-1 odds) also were scratched.

Second-place Theogony paid $12 and $7, while third-place finisher Call Pat paid $4. If you were lucky enough to hit on the $2 exact 6-11 it would have brought you back a return of $124.40 on your initial investment.

The second-choice, Chide, with 5-2 odds, pitched jockey Miguel Mena after taking a bad step, and she fractured her left front long; she was sadly euthanized.

Winning Falls City was worth $119,040 to the victor.

John Velazquez Fined; Jose Lezcano Not

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) has levied a fine of $500 to jockey John Velazquez in relation to a July 4th incident in which the jockey misused his riding crop on his horse Tonalist during the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont. Belmont1The jockey was accused by a racing steward of inappropriately whipping his horse. The allegation was supported by a state hearing officer deeming “substantial evidence” to find Velazquez guilty. The NYSGC voted 5-0 in favor of handing down the fine.

The lawyer representing Velazquez, Andrew Mollica, argued its common practice for riding crops to come into contact accidentally with the head or ear of a horse during the course of a race. “Our contention is it happens in every race. Why do you pick this one out?” Mollica wondered.

Mollica was awaiting access to the final report from the hearing officer, insisting Velazquez didn’t mean to “make contact with Tonalist’s head or ears.”

In a separate case regarding another one of Mollica’s clients, jockey Jose Lezcano was cleared of any wrongdoing stemming from a steward’s claim accusing him of violating two rules of striking his horse, Flag On the Play, with goggles during a race at Belmont on June 11.

In the case of Lezcano, Mollica declared victory, saying the ruling in favor of his client was “a great win because jockeys need to know what the rules are and aren’t. In this case there was no rule.”

According to Mollica, Lezcano’s riding crop was dropped during the midst of the race so he used goggles in order to urge his horse, a practice which other jockeys have used and weren’t fined for.

Welcome To Preakness Stakes Wagering

This is Preakness Stakes Wagering, the best site for betting on the big race that serves as the second leg of the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred Racing!

We offer the best betting lines, tips and previews of the marquee event and give our readers all the insider information they need to win big at the Preakness Stakes.

Held annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, the Preakness Stakes is a 1 3/16 mile race on a dirt track for three-year old geldings. Run since 1873, the purse has increased from its initial $1,000 offering to an astounding $1.5 million in 2015.

The Preakness Stakes is fondly known as “The Race for the Black-Eyed Susans”.

The logo for the 140th Preaknes Stakes in 2015 with the race’s traditional color scheme of yellow, black and red.

The reigning champion is American Pharaoh, the living legend who captured the first ever Grand Slam of American Thoroughbred Racing. This included incredible victories at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes along with a wild win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic to wrap up the winningest season of any horse in the history of the sport.

American Pharaoh was ridden by Victor Espinoza, who also rode 2014 winner California Chrome. Espinoza became just the fourth jockey to win in back-to-back races at the Preakness Stakes, and the most recent since Pat Day won three times in a row from 1994-1996.

The winningest jockey in Preakness Stakes history is Eddie Arcaro, who dominated the course over an incredible career. He posted wins at Pimlico’s marquee event in 1941, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955 and 1957. With six wins, he resides comfortably ahead of Pay Day’s 5 total victories.

The fastest time recorded at the Preakness Stakes was by Secretariat in 1973 with a pace of 1:53:00. When American Pharaoh won in 2015, he did so with a time of 1:58:46 in adverse, muddy conditions.

American Pharaoh wins in 2015 with Victor Espinoza's arm raised high
American Pharaoh wins in 2015 with Victor Espinoza’s arm raised high

Surprisingly, Secretariat does not own the record or the largest margin of victory. That distinction belongs to Smarty Jones, who sprinted to a massive lead of 11 1/2 lengths in 2004.

The 141st Preakness Stakes will run on May 21st, 2016 and one again serve as the second leg of the Triple Crown.