Zayat Stables' Justin Phillip
was in good shape the morning after earning his first career Grade 1
victory in Sunday's $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
5-year-old son of First Samurai came a neck shy of winning last year's
Vanderbilt and had won two of eight starts since, including the Grade 3
Count Fleet at Oaklawn Park in April.
winning the Vanderbilt, Justin Phillip added $240,000 to his purse
earnings, pushing him to $1,118,437 in 29 lifetime starts. He ran six
furlongs in 1:08.59.
came out of it really well," trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday
morning. "It's tremendous. He's a very deserving horse, to have a Grade 1
and put him over a million [dollars] when he's showed up and battled in
the races that he has all the time."
said the next start is undetermined for Justin Phillip, but not the
year-end goal. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109 in the race, a
try to figure out how to get from here to the Breeders' Cup Sprint
after that race," he said. "We'll wait until he goes back to the track
and go from there."
Phillip was fifth, beaten four lengths, in last year's Sprint. He has a
record of 5-3-2 from 15 career starts at the Sprint's six-furlong
Asmussen also plans to take his time with Dunkin Bend, a 2-year-old Dunkirk colt who broke his maiden second time out on the dirt going six furlongs in 1:10.38 on August 3.
came out of it good," he said. "I thought he ran great. He's a nice
horse with a lot of talent; let's see what he can do. Being a baby,
we'll definitely wait until he goes back to the track and see how he
responds, hopefully as fast as he went over there the first time."