Ogden Phipps' Easing Along won a one-mile allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths under a hand ride Wednesday at Aqueduct and will likely be pointed to a start in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II). The 2-year-old son of Storm Cat is undefeated in two starts, both at Aqueduct.
Easing Along, a half-brother to Strolling Along, was pressed though an opening quarter-mile run in :23.41 before stopping the timer in 1:36.36 under jockey Mike Smith.
"I'm very pleased with his race (Wednesday)," said trainer Shug McGaughey. "I was happy that he took himself to the lead. Mike (Smith) said that he did everything on his own. I want to see how he comes out of this, but if everything comes out OK, I would like to see him run in the Remsen."
Easing Along paid $2.90, $2.10 and $2.10 and led an exacta which returned $6.10.
McGaughey last saddled a Remsen winner in 1997 when Coronado's Quest won.
The 1 1/8-mile Remsen will be run at Aqueduct on Nov. 25. Also expected for the race are Airy Hill, Buckle Down Ben, Dayton Flyer, Griffinite, Hero's Tribute or Holiday Thunder, and Ommadon. Dollar Bill, Gift of the Eagle, Max's Friend, Meetyouatthebrig, and Windsor Castle are listed as questionable by the New York Racing Association. (Chart, Equibase