Jay Em Ess Stable’s Redeemed , fresh off a winning trip to Remington Park for the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, has been made the heavy 7-5 morning line favorite for Aqueduct’s Discovery Handicap Nov. 19. The Discovery, a $100,000 race for 3-year-olds, is run at nine furlongs and drew a field of eight.
Redeemed, a son of Include —Easy Mass, by Pleasant Tap, bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm, has the most stakes experience in the cast, and thus has been pegged as the 121-pound highweight. He’ll spot five to six pounds to his fellow sophomores.
Following an eye-opening allowance win going 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont July 4 in his fourth career start, Redeemed was pitched into the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga at the same trip and ran second to Caleb's Posse . Caleb’s Posse would go on to win the Foxwoods King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
Sent two turns for the first time Sept. 5 at Parx in the Smarty Jones Stakes, Redeemed ran second to a good one in Wilburn before trekking to Oklahoma for their Oct. 16 Derby. Coming from off the pace and wearing blinkers for the first time, he prevailed by a head going the Discovery distance in 1:49.20.
“He’s still learning how to run,” Jay Em Ess’ Samantha Siegel told the New York Racing Association press office. “He wasn’t the type who learned how to run early. The blinkers last time probably helped him focus.
New York-bred Socialsaul, winner of Finger Lake’s New York Derby July 16, ran fourth in the Oklahoma Derby, beaten only a length. Socialsaul will break from post 5 in the Discovery, just outside of the favorite.
Adding depth to the Discovery field is Godolphin Racing’s Arthur's Tale, who will be making his second start off a long layoff. A rallying second behind Toby's Corner in the Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) back in April, Arthur’s Tale returned Sept. 24 at Parx to run an even fourth in To Honor and Serve’s Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). A steady worktab for trainer Tom Albertrani suggests he’ll run better second time ’round.
“He had some little chip problems (after the Wood), so we sent him to the farm and gave him time,” said Albertrani’s assistant Pedro Mateo. “He came back at Saratoga, and then we brought him (to our base at Belmont Park). He needed a race (when he competed in the Pennsylvania Derby) as he hadn’t run in five months. That race was pretty good. I had the horse all winter last year, and the horse is doing so great.”
Arthur's Tale, bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm, is by Bernardini out of Arthur Hancock's graded stakes-winning Harlan mare Owsley.
A couple of runners out of Saratoga’s Curlin Stakes help fill out the field. The July 29 race was won by Turbo Compressor , who came back to win the $150,000 Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap Nov. 12 at Calder during the Florida Millions program.
Second that day was Juddmonte Farms’ Raison d'Etat , who returned Aug. 27 to run ninth in Stay Thirsty’s Travers Stakes (gr. I). Trained by Bill Mott, Raison d’Etat is by leading sire A.P. Indy out of the multiple grade I winner Sightseek. He brings a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00.27 Nov. 8 over Belmont Park’s main track to the table this time around.
Fifth in the Curlin was Windmill Manor Farm’s Golden Gulch, trained by Eddie Kenneally. The son of Thunder Gulch has since bounced back with a pair of on-the-board efforts in allowance/optional claimers at Belmont.
Discovery Handicap (gr. III), Nov. 19, Aqueduct, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles (main track), race 8, approx. post 3:46 p.m. EST
PP – Horse – Jockey – Wgt. – Trainer - ML
1, Eltheeb, I Ortiz Jr., 115, K. McLaughlin, 20-1
2, Golden Gulch, J Lezcano, 116, E Kenneally, 12-1
3, Ghost Gunner, J Velazquez, 114, J Corrales, 12-1
4, Redeemed, E Prado, 121, R Dutrow Jr., 7-5
5, Socialsaul, R Dominguez, 115, G Contessa, 8-1
6, Raison d’Etat, J Castellano, 115, W Mott, 3-1
7, Philly Ace, D Cohen, 115, C Clement, 15-1
8, Arthur’s Tale, A Garcia, 116, T Albertrani, 4-1