11/22/2007 12:00AM

Court Vision hits Big Apple

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having already succeeded in Kentucky, Court Vision comes to New York for Saturday's $200,000 Remsen Stakes with hopes of proving worthy of being pointed to a return trip to the Bluegrass State next spring.

Court Vision heads a field of six 2-year-old colts entered in Saturday's Grade 2 Remsen, a 1 1/8-mile race that has been a pretty good barometer of 3-year-old success. Three of the last four Remsen winners have won Grade 1 races at 3 and were good enough to make it to the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. That includes Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2005 Remsen and finished second in the 2006 Derby. He was owned by WinStar Farm, the owner of Court Vision.

Court Vision, a son of Gulch, made his first three starts in Kentucky, finishing second in a six-furlong race at Turfway Park, winning a 1 1/16-mile maiden race at Keeneland, and capturing the Grade 3 Iroquois - a one-turn mile race - at Churchill Downs.

His Iroquois victory was achieved with a strong-closing kick after being shuffled back to next to last midway on the far turn.

"He just comes running," said Bill Mott, trainer of Court Vision. "I don't think there's anything fancy about him at this point. He just does his job when you ask him. He's very willing, he has a really, really good disposition - not a difficult horse to handle by any means. He seems to adjust to every situation very well without getting shook up."

It would have been easy to leave Court Vision in Kentucky for Saturday's $250,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill, but Mott likes the history of the Remsen as well as the extra distance.

"We're trying to look at the whole situation," Mott said. "We think we fit very well in here, we do like the distance for him. I think [the Remsen] has always been a good springboard. It lets you know what you got. If you run well in here, it gives you some hope for the following spring."

Court Vision, carrying top weight of 122 pounds, will break from the rail under Eibar Coa.

Atoned, a son of Repent, has improved since being stretched out in distance, though he has faced lesser competition on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. His last four races have been around two turns, including a victory in the off-the-turf Continental Mile at Monmouth in August followed by runner-up finishes to the undefeated Cave's Valley in two stakes at Delaware Park.

"I thought his two races at Delaware were good," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He got bumped in the race two races back - arguably could have been put up. His last race he sort of got stuck down inside part of the way. That compromised his chances a bit. He acts like he'll like the mile and an eighth."

Barclay Tagg, who won last year's Remsen with Nobiz Like Shobiz, will run the New York-bred Big Truck in this year's Remsen. After winning his first two starts, he finished third, beaten a neck, to Giant Moon in the Sleepy Hollow. Big Truck has been on the pace in all three of his races, but Tagg said he would like to see Alan Garcia try and get him off the pace Saturday.

Trust n Dustan, a two-time winner at the Meadowlands, and Maryland shippers Springs Road and Tide Dancer complete the field.