Meet the Contenders: 2023 Remsen Stakes

December 1st, 2023

Meet the horses running in the 2023 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.


Le Dom Bro (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#1 Le Dom Bro                               *

Pro: Pedigree suggests nine furlongs should be well within his scope, eventually.

Con: Unraced in nearly three months; narrowly won auction maiden last time.



Domestic Product (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#2 Domestic Product                     ****

Pro: Romped in track-and-distance maiden with blinkers added

Con: Sire’s offspring have generally been more effective around one turn.



Dornoch (Photo by Keeneland Photos)

Dornoch breaking his maiden at Keeneland (Photo by Keeneland Photos)

#3 Dornoch                                   ****

Pro: Exits strong Keeneland maiden win for barn that won this race last year.

Con: Still tends to race a little greenly when left alone.



Moonlight (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#4 Moonlight                                ***

Pro: Best runs so far have come close to home; maiden win was dynamite.

Con: Didn’t seriously threaten when second in Iroquois (G3) over the slop.



Drum Roll Please captured an Oct. 6 maiden at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#5 Drum Roll Please                       ***

Pro: Graduated third out after running distant second to eventual G1 winner.

Con: Potential underlay, given barn’s win percentage.



Billal (Photo by Coady Photography / Credit to Chelsea Durand)

#6 Billal                                         **

Pro: Faced some good ones on debut; stakes-placed since easy maiden score.

Con: Needs to quicken after getting outrun late in Nashua.



Sierra Leone at Aqueduct (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#7 Sierra Leone                             ***

Pro: Overcame troubled start to land debut when most eyes were on the Breeders’ Cup.

Con: Speed figure didn’t come up great, so improvement needed.



Where's Chris (Photo by Coglianes Photography)

#8 Where’s Chris                           ***

Pro: Pulled off big surprise in Nashua despite decent form going in.

Con: Best time to have him was last time; likely limited value here.



Copper Tax (Photo by Hoofprints Inc.)

#9 Copper Tax                               **

Pro: Much better horse than initially thought, with five straight wins coming in.

Con: This figures a more demanding test than the Delaware and Laurel fields he’s been beating.



Private Desire breaks maiden at Aqueduct

Private Desire breaks his maiden at Aqueduct (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)

#10 Private Desire                           ***

Pro: Might offer decent odds if willing to overlook modest showing in the Nashua.

Con: Unplaced in two of three outings, including to several of these rivals.


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