Pin Oak Stable’s multiple stakes winner Alternation
, who has been
keeping a weekly pattern of works since Jan. 19, posted a bullet
half-mile workout in 48 2/5 Thursday as he continues preparations for
this 5-year-old debut in either the March 9 Razorback Handicap (G3) or
April 13 Oaklawn Handicap (G2). Last year, he won both races as well as
the Essex Handicap.
“He picked up a little company early and finished up well,” said
trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. “Our hope, depending on how February goes
with the weather and all, that we could get to a race like [the
Alternation, who in addition to his three victories at Oaklawn won
the Pimlico Special (G3) and Governor’s Cup at Remington, has not
started since an uncharacteristic sixth-place finish in the Hawthorne
Gold Cup Oct. 6.
“I don’t think he was tired so much,” said Von Hemel. “The
performance at Hawthorne was certainly no good and when we looked at
what was left on the calendar the rest of the year, we decided, if we
were going to run him this year, we would have to freshen him up anyway.
We are happy with how things have gone, and like I said, depending on
the weather this month we should be able to have some fun with him here
before it’s too late.”