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Breeders Cup 2015

Alpha, Consortium Switch Destinations

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said his pair of Godolphin Racing Classic contenders, Alpha and Consortium, have “switched spots,” with Alpha now being based at Palm Meadows in Florida and Consortium located at Belmont Park.


Alpha had been training at Belmont since December 28 and made two van rides over to Aqueduct Racetrack to win the Count Fleet on January 7 and the Grade 3 Withers on February 4. Following the Withers, McLaughlin said Alpha would most likely make his next start in Aqueduct’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham at 1 1/16 miles on March 3 or the Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World New York City Casino Wood Memorial at 1 1/8 miles on April 7. McLaughlin now says the Wood Memorial is the likelier option.


“He shipped yesterday and is at Palm Meadows,” said McLaughlin, form Florida. “He’ll train here and probably won’t work for two weeks. There’s a plane going up to New York before the Gotham we could take, but he’ll probably make his next start in the Wood Memorial, with an outside chance of the Florida Derby [March 31 at Gulfstream Park] the week before.”


Consortium prepped at Palm Meadows for his start in the Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Holy Bull on January 29 and was re-routed to New York after finishing last of six in the one-mile race, which was contested over a sloppy racetrack.


“We sent Consortium on a van to New York [Friday],” said McLaughlin. “We’ll look at the Gotham with him. He worked at Palm Meadows on Thursday [four furlongs in 50.90], and he probably won’t work in New York until [February 18].”


McLaughlin said he has two possibles for the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap on the Gotham undercard in Darley Stable’s Emcee and Crossbow. Emcee is unbeaten in two starts, having rolled to a six-length allowance score on February 3 at Gulfstream in his most recent start, with Crossbow having taken an Aqueduct optional claimer by three lengths the same day.


“Emcee would probably be the horse, but Crossbow is another horse who could point for that race,” said McLaughlin.


Shadwell Stable’s Falaah, winner of two straight over the inner track, is no longer under consideration for the Tom Fool after exiting an optional claiming score with a bone chip, McLaughlin added.





Consortium  |  Crossbow  |  Alpha  |  Emcee  |  Falaah  |  Kiaran P. McLaughlin  |  Aqueduct  |  Gotham  |  Gotham (2012)
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