Bluegrass Cat Heads Remsen

The promising Bluegrass Cat stands out in a field of eight 2-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) Saturday at nine furlongs at Aqueduct.

The once beaten Storm Cat colt drew the rail under jockey John Velazquez.

Bluegrass Cat defeated a deep field in the Oct. 28 Nashua (gr. III) at Belmont. He was up close to the pace before kicking on gamely in mid-stretch. Saturday, he'll make his first start around two turns and first start beyond a mile. Trainer Todd Pletcher, on the verge of setting the nation's single-season earnings record, says he does not foresee a problem.

"He is a colt we're all very excited about," Pletcher said. "He showed a lot of promise in his last two starts and I was impressed how he pushed his way through the field in the Nashua. He's shown a good amount of determination and talent. I don't think a mile and an eighth will bother him at all."

He broke his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths Sept. 24 at Bemont, freshened following an eighth-place finish in his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs June 4.

Fagan's Legacy didn't beat much in the off-the-turf Pilgrim last month at Belmont, but won the race in hand beneath jockey Joe Bravo. This Kelly Breen-trained colt is by Monarchos, the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner.

Pegasusbystorm enters the Remsen on the heels of a victory in Meadowlands' Storm Cat and is one of few in the field that has a two-turn win under his belt.

$200,000 Remsen (gr. II), 2-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1. Bluegrass Cat, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 120
2. Pegasusbystorm, Mike Matz, Jose Caraballo, 118
3. Immersed in Gold, John Kimmel, Javier Castellano, 116
4. Parkhimonbroadway, Mike Hushion, Pablo Fragoso, 116
5. Congo King, Rick Dutrow Jr., Jerry Bailey, 116
6. Fagan's Legacy, Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo, 120
7. Park Avenue Prince, Steve Klesaris, Garrett Gomez, 116
8. Flashy Bull, Kiaran McLaughlin, Cornelio Velasquez, 116