11/29/2014 5:31PM

Leave the Light On shines in Remsen Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Leave the Light On (right) beats Frosted by a half-length in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes on Saturday.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Everything went according to script in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct on Saturday. Leave the Light On went to the lead, took the rail, and gave jockey Jose Ortiz his fourth winner of the day.

On a day when inside speed dominated the Aqueduct card, all four stakes, including the featured Grade 1 Cigar Mile, were won by front-runners. The reason Leave the Light On paid $15.60 as part of a Klaravich Stables-owned and Chad Brown-trained entry is that it is often easier to predict who the inside speed will be after a race than before.

That is not meant to take anything away from Leave the Light On, who raced well and looks to have a bright future. A $210,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. purchase in April, he was seventh sprinting in his September debut and then won his maiden in October going 1 1/16 miles, with both races coming at Belmont Park. He earned $240,000 for his Remsen score.

"Obviously, speed is very good, especially along the inside," said Brown. "Of the two entry-mates, he was the least accomplished. I just told Jose not to take anything away from him."

Leave the Light On was coupled in the wagering with Market Conduct, a New York-bred who had finished third in a pair of statebred stakes, the Bertram Bongard and Sleepy Hollow, in his most recent starts. Market Conduct finished seventh.

The Remsen was a sweet win for Brown, who in the winner's circle recalled how he was beaten a nose in this race in 2012, when Overanalyze came back on to edge out Normandy Invasion.

Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of runner-up Frosted, must be wondering when his Remsen day will come. He lost a heartbreaker last year when Cairo Prince was beaten a nose by Honor Code. On Saturday, Frosted overcame post 13 to gain a stalking position outside and just off the early leaders. He looked poised to move to the lead entering the stretch under confident handling but then lacked the needed kick – as horses on the outside had in the stretch all day – and was beaten a half-length as the 9-5 favorite.

"It was a tough trip; he ran well," McLaughlin said. "We're happy with his race other than not winning. He was very wide on both turns because of his post position."

It was eight lengths farther back to Keen Ice in third in the 13-horse field.

Leave the Light On was timed for the 1 1/18 miles in 1:51.06, 0.66 seconds slower than the Demoiselle winner, Condo Commando, in the previous race. The Remsen was Leave the Light On's first race over a fast track. He debuted in the mud and won his maiden in the slop.

"He's always trained better on a dry track," Brown said.