Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun will have his first
workout wearing blinkers when he breezes on Sunday in the lead up to
the Travers, trainer Ken McPeek said on Saturday.
“I’m going to decide whether he’s going to run in
blinkers,” said McPeek. “We need to find another gear, and we’ll see if
[wearing blinkers] matters.”
After finishing third, beaten two lengths in the Grade 1
Belmont Stakes in June, Atigun raced evenly and was sixth in the Grade 2
Jim Dandy on July 28.
“I think the pace of the [Jim Dandy] didn’t suit us at
all, and we’ll have another eighth of a mile to run at them [in the
Travers],” said McPeek. “I’m not sure our tactics worked in the last
McPeek added that Mike Smith, who won the Travers in 1994
aboard Holy Bull and 1998 aboard Coronado’s Quest, will ride Atigun
in the 2012 Travers.
On Saturday, Atigun galloped and schooled in the paddock at the starting gate, McPeek said.