Mo Donegal Tops Remsen Field

Mo DonegalChelsea Durand

Donegal Racing's Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) will go postward as the likely favorite Saturday in Aqueduct's GII Remsen S. Third on debut sprinting at Belmont Sept. 30, the $250,000 KEESEP acquisition earned his diploma when extended to a route of ground at Big Sandy Oct. 21, earning an 82 Beyer Speed Figure.

“We feel like the mile and an eighth will suit him well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He had a good work at Belmont last week. It seems like the further he goes, the better he gets.”

Chad Brown saddles a live chance in Jeff Drown's Zandon (Upstart). The dark bay rallied to victory in a six-panel event in Elmont Oct. 9.

“He ran one time going six furlongs and he won, but I've always thought of him as a pure route horse,” Brown said. “The fact that he was able to go three-quarters, I was quite impressed. I thought he would've been a late-running horse that would have needed a start, but he won. I was quite impressed by that because I don't think that's what he wants to do at all.”

Courtlandt Farms' Judge Davis (Distorted Humor) already has black-type experience, finishing third in the Nov. 7 GIII Nashua S. at Belmont. A well-beaten fourth in his career bow sprinting at Saratoga Aug. 21, the bay earned his diploma next out going two turns in the mud at Belmont Sept. 24. He adds blinkers for this event.

Who Hoo Thats Me (Keen Ice) boasts the field's highest Beyer Speed Figure, an 84, which he earned when third last time in the state-bred Sleepy Hollow S. going a mile Oct. 30. Runner-up in his Saratoga unveiling Aug. 12, the bay was fifth in the Empire-bred Funny Cide S. 15 days later. He broke his maiden in a state-bred event at Belmont Sept. 25 prior to the Sleepy Hollow.

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