(Dubyuhnell wins G2 Remsen / Chelsea Durand Photo & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
West Paces Racing and Stonestreet Stables’ Dubyuhnell dug in gamely down the lane to out finish the pacesetting Arctic Arrogance and win Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen, a nine-furlong test for juveniles, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trained by Danny Gargan and piloted by Jose Ortiz, the chestnut son of Good Magic was a determined winner of the two-turn test over a sloppy and sealed main track which offered 10-4-3-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-five finishers.
Dubyuhnell entered from a second-out graduation traveling one-mile over a sloppy and sealed main track on October 2 at Belmont at the Big A. Gargan said he was impressed with the effort from the $400,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, who he believes can be a contender for the 2023 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Danny Gargan — Dubyuhnell (1st):
“He was drawing off,” Gargan said. “I think we were pretty lucky he does want to get the distance. We just have to stay sound and stay lucky and keep picking the right races. Maybe we’ll be somewhere in May.
“This colt here I think is more of the Derby type of horse because he wants to get the distance,” Gargan added. “A mile and an eighth suits him and he came running at the end. They were going fast. He was up towards the lead and they went three-quarters in 1:12 and change and that’s running today.”
Gargan said Dubyuhnell will head to Florida but could return to the Big A in February for the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3, $250,000 Withers which offers 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the top-five finishers.
“We’ll take him down to Florida because of the weather and we won’t have to miss as much training,” Gargan said. “I’m not ruling out that he couldn’t come back for the Withers, we don’t know yet. I’d love to win the Wood Memorial, it’s one of my favorite races. There’s no plans for where he’ll go next, but we could see him here for the Withers.”
Jockey Jose Ortiz — Dubyuhnell:
Ortiz, who has guided Dubyuhnell through all three career starts, said he put together a more prominent trip than expected.
“He broke good. Initially, we thought we were going to lay a little bit farther back than that because it looked like it was going to be a lot of speed in the race,” Ortiz said. “I told Dan, ‘I’m just going to break forward and see what happens going into the first turn.’ Surprisingly, it was only Lezcano there with Arctic Arrogance who I thought was one of the speed, but I was able to lay next to him every step of the way. I was very happy. On the backside, we hit the second turn and I knew it would be me or him.”
Jockey Jose Lezcano — Arctic Arrogance (2):
Lezcano said he was hoping for a bigger kick down the lane from the Linda Rice-trained Arctic Arrogance.
“My horse gave me a very good race. He ran hard and did everything right. The other horse kept running. I don’t know what happened with my horse because when I asked him, he didn’t take off like last time.” Lezcano said.
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