11/24/2005 12:00AM

Lots going for Bluegrass Cat


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - As much talent as Bluegrass Cat has shown in a pair of victories around one turn, trainer Todd Pletcher believes the 2-year-old colt could be even better when he runs around two turns.

will get that opportunity Saturday, heading an eight-horse field entered in the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen at Aqueduct. The Remsen is run at 1 1/8 miles around two turns on the main track.

"I think the horse is dying to go two turns," Pletcher said. "He's got a great stride on him. He's out of a mare who puts a lot of stamina into her progeny. It should be right up his alley."

Bluegrass Cat is by Storm Cat out of the unraced mare She's a Winner, who is a half-sister to stakes winners Accelerator and Daydreaming. She's a Winner has produced Lord of the Game, a multiple stakes winner around two turns.

Bluegrass Cat, owned by WinStar Farm, won his maiden going seven furlongs on Sept. 23 and was most impressive winning the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 28. In the Nashua, a one-turn mile, Bluegrass Cat was bottled up on the inside before finding room in upper stretch. When he got through, he finished strongly.

"The Nashua was big," Pletcher said. "He had to wait on room and push his way through. He showed that he's not only talented but he's got heart to go along with it."

Bluegrass Cat will break from the rail under John Velazquez and 120 pounds.

The rest of the field is evenly matched. , a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, has won two straight dirt races around two turns, including the Storm Cat Stakes at The Meadowlands. Pegasusbystorm trained in company with Barbaro, who won the Laurel Futurity last weekend.

"He seemed to push that other horse along and he did what he had to do in the mornings," said Michael Matz, who trains Pegasusbystorm and Barbaro. "He ran a nice race in the Storm Cat. He seems like a horse that liked the competition. He's obviously getting a class test."

comes off two wins at Delaware around two turns. Garret Gomez rides from post 7. Fagan's Legacy was visually impressive winning the off-the-turf Pilgrim Stakes at 1 1/8 miles around one turn. Congo King, a first-out maiden winner at Saratoga, was fourth behind Bluegrass Cat in the Nashua. Flashy Bull comes off a 5 1/4-length maiden win in his fifth career start. Parkhimonbroadway was a good second in the sloppy Sleepy Hollow. Immersed in Gold finished sixth in the Sleepy Hollow after winning his maiden on turf.