Mo Town is Talk of Derby Trail Following Remsen Win
Saturday’s Grade II Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct was a 2017 Kentucky Derby prep race. Following a two month layoff due a sore gluteal muscle, Mo Town has raised his stock with an impressive 2 1/2 length win the the $300,000 Remsen.
Mo Town, a son of Uncle Mo, rushed up at the half mile marker under Hall of Fame rider John Valezquez to run just behind the 4-5 favorite and pacesetter Takaful before challenging the leader along the far turn. Mo Town then spun into the lane and switched into over drive as he raced home in the final furlong in 12.91 seconds. Mo Town covered the 1-1/8 miles in 1:51.59 and returned $10.40 on a $2 win wager. No Dozing ($5.30 and $2.90) rallied down the lane for second, 3 1/2 lengths in front of Takaful ($2.20) who finished third.
Mo Town’s trainer Tony Dutrow knew his horse was special and just scratching the surface.
“I feel very strongly we have not seen what this horse is capable of yet,” Dutrow said in the winner’s circle. “I’ve always felt like he was a good horse; for him to prove this much so far, I got to feel great.”
Mo Town won a one-mile maiden race at Belmont by seven lengths on Sept. 24. He will ship to South Florida on Wednesday to spend the winter with Dutrow’s string at Payson Park Training Center. According to his trainer, Mo Town will likely be in “very light training” through December before gearing up for his sophomore campaign.
Dutrow added that Mo Town could make his sophomore debut in the Grade 3 Gotham at the Big A in March, worth 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and the traditional prep race for the Grade 1 Wood Memorial the following month.