NEW YORK (AP) Big World and Mohaymen won the $200,000 stakes for 2-year-olds Wednesday, the opening-day features at Aqueduct.
Big World set the pace and held off Flora Dora by a half length in the Tempted for fillies.
Jose Ortiz guided her to a second win in four starts for trainer Tony Dutrow.
Big World ran the mile in 1:37.19, paying $10.40 to win.
Mohaymen improved to 2 for 2 by employing different tactics. The even-money favorite trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Junior Alvarado rallied from sixth to beat Flexibility by 1 3/4 lengths.
Looking ahead to next May, McLaughlin said: ''We definitely have Derby fever.''
McLaughlin said the lightly-raced colt will likely make his next start Nov. 28 in either the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct or the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. The time was 1:36.01. Mohaymen paid $4.20 to win.