Blue Laser will make his 3-year-old debut next Saturday, March 5,
after shipping north from Florida to run in the $100,000 John Battaglia
Memorial at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.
Winner of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes last October over the synthetic
surface at Woodbine for owner WinStar Farm and trainer Mark Casse, Blue
Laser will be making his first start since failing to finish in the Nov.
20 Delta Downs Jackpot.
“The colt will ship midweek from Ocala,” Casse said. “I’ve trained
him some on the dirt at Palm Meadows, and I don’t think he handles it as
well as the synthetic.”
Blue Laser is one of a handful of moderately accomplished 3-year-olds
being pointed to the Battaglia, a 1 1/16-mile race that serves as the
local prep for the annual Turfway showcase, the Vinery Racing Spiral
Stakes. The Grade 3, $500,000 Vinery Spiral will be run March 26.