'Still for Sale' Windsor Castle Wins Remsen

Windsor Castle rallied from last in the eight-horse field to win the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old son of Lord Carson completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.92 on a fast track.

"I had the horse sold last week, but the vet turned him down," said owner-trainer Frank Alexander. "There was a little ankle chip; not a big problem and it didn't amount to anything. ... He's still for sale. I'll take him to Florida on Tuesday and bring him back at Gulfstream."

A February foal, Windsor Castle earned his maiden win in a $75,000 claiming race at Saratoga in August, but the graded stakes win will likely increase his price.

Ommadon led the field though opening fractions of :23.81, :48.40, and 1:13.87 while pressed by The Missing Key and then Griffinite, as Windsor Castle settled in the back of the pack under jockey Robbie Davis. Windsor Castle had one horse beat with three furlongs to go and swung off the rail for the stretch run, collaring Ommadon in the final furlong for the win.

"He's a very handy colt; he lets you place him where you need to be," said Davis. "We were a bit wide around the first turn, so I brought him down to the inside and he had no trouble with it. He's really got an explosive kick and I just wanted to keep him out of trouble."

Ommadon completed the $56.50 exacta and came home two lengths clear of third-place finisher Buckle Down Ben. Airy Hill was fourth, followed by Griffinite, Muskrat Ramble, The Missing Key, and 13-10 favorite Easing Along.

"We weren't planning on that many horses going to the front," said Mike Smith, Easing Along's jockey. "Because of that, I was hung out real wide on the first turn. After that, I yanked him back and he was done."

The win is the first in a stakes race for Windsor Castle, who previously finished second in both the Nashua (gr. III) -- won by Ommadon -- and the Cowdin (gr. III). Windsor Castle was bred in Kentucky by Windwoods Farm.

Windsor Castle returned $16, $5.60 and $4.10. Ommadon paid $4.80 and $3.50. Buckle Down Ben was worth $5 to show. (Chart, Equibase)