Defending champion Affirmed Success and 3-year-old El Corredor drew posts 10 and 11, respectively, for the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), Saturday at Aqueduct. Affirmed Success, who won last year's renewal of the race and finished second in the 1998 running, will go to post under highweight of 120 pounds.
"He's put in a lot of good efforts this year and he deserves one last shot," trainer Richard Schosberg said of Affirmed Success, who finished a close fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in his most recent start. "From a numbers standpoint, I think he's faster on dirt than he is on turf. He deserves a chance to repeat."
Also coming into the Cigar Mile out of Breeders' Cup races are Golden Missile (last in the Classic) and More Than Ready, fifth in the Sprint.
Trainer Joe Orseno said Stronach Stables' Golden Missile "was bumped at the start and never got a chance to run in the Breeders' Cup." The 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy will retire to stud following the Cigar Mile and will attempt to add a second grade I win to his resume. "I thought he had as good a chance of any horse we started in the Breeders' Cup and I expected a big race out of him," Orseno said. "I think I've sharpened him up enough for this. Why not try to go out a winner?"
More Than Ready will also be trying to go out a winner. The 3-year-old colt will also begin his stud career next year. Trainer Todd Pletcher will also start Left Bank in the Cigar Mile, the last grade I of the year on the New York racing calendar. "I want to avoid him (Left Bank) going too quick too early," said Pletcher. "He has dangerous early speed and he's an improving horse that we haven't seen the best of yet."
Also at Aqueduct Saturday are a pair of 1 1/8-mile stakes for juveniles, the Remsen (gr. II) for males, and the Demoiselle for fillies.
The field for the Cigar Mile will consist of:
1 -- Forty One Carats, Edgar Prado, 115
2 -- More Than Ready, Pat Day, 119
3 -- Golden Missile, Mike Smith, 119
4 -- Chasin' Wimmin, Jose Espinoza, 112
5 -- Western Expression, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 112
6 -- Thistyranthasclass, Jose Velez Jr., 111
7 -- Left Bank, John Velazquez, 116
8 -- Bevo, Richard Migliore, 114
9 -- Peeping Tom, Shaun Bridgmohan, 111
10 -- Affirmed Success, Jorge Chavez, 120
11 -- El Corredor, Jerry Bailey, 116
The field for the $200,000 Remsen will be:
1 -- The Missing Key, Jorge Chavez, 120
2 -- Dayton Flyer, John Velazquez, 116
3 -- Ommadon, Aaron Gryder, 122
4 -- Buckle Down Ben, Mike McCarthy, 122
5 -- Airy Hill, Pat Day, 116
6 -- Muskrat Ramble, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 116
7 -- Griffinite, Heberto Castillo Jr., 116
8 -- Easing Along, Mike Smith, 116
9 -- Windsor castle, Robbie Davis, 116
The field for the $200,000 Demoiselle will consist of:
1 -- Two Item Limit, Richard Migliore, 122
2 -- Celtic Melody, John Velazquez, 116
3 -- Kignslandt, Pat Day, 116
4 -- Dream Wish, Jerry Bailey, 116
5 -- Kamaal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 116
6 -- Sweep Dreams, Mike Smith, 116
7 -- Company Storm, Shaun Bridgmohan, 116
8 -- My Lady Avie, Edgar Prado, 120