B Shanny, one of the most promising
maiden winners of the 2011 meet at Saratoga, returns for his second
start of the year in Sunday’s fifth race, a 5 ½-furlong
optional-claiming race for New York-breds.
Owned by former New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA) president and CEO Barry Schwartz and trained
by Michael Hushion, the 3-year-old son of Street Cry debuted last July
at Belmont Park and finished second in a race that produced four
B Shanny was one of them, breaking his
maiden last August 20 at Saratoga, running seven furlongs in 1:24.03
while defeating subsequent graded stakes winner El Padrino; Five
Sixteen, who finished fifth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and second in
the recent Curlin Stakes; and News Pending, who went on to place
second behind eventual Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags in the Grade 2
Fountain of Youth.
Unfortunately, B Shanny suffered a bone
chip in his knee and went to the sidelines while preparing for a run in
the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
In his comeback on June 16 at Belmont, B
Shanny was beaten by a nose by Notmyfirsttime in a six-furlong race
that went in 1:10.41.
Hushion said B Shanny is ready to go Sunday and he is “hopeful for a stakes race” down the road.