“It's a chance to hopefully get back on the winning note and get some confidence,” Von Hemel said of Saturday night's race. “With horses, believe it or not, confidence is a factor with them also.”
Alternation has been tabbed as a 6-5 favorite in the race. His rider will be Luis Quinonez of Jones. Quinonez is one of Remington Park's all-time leading jockeys, and he has been aboard the colt in his last six races.
If Alternation wins the Governor's Cup, he will go over $1 million in career earnings. He also needs a strong showing in the Governor's Cup to get into bigger races later this year.
“It's an important race on Saturday,” Von Hemel said. “It's significant for us because hopefully we are going to use it as a springboard to one of the Grade I races in New York in the fall.
“It's hard to take on tougher horses if you can't win this one.”