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Buddy's Saint Drills a Bullet

Buddy’s Saint, winner of the Grade 2 Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct last fall, turned in a bullet half-mile move over the main track at Belmont Saturday morning, covering the distance in 47.09, breezing.


Sidelined by an ankle chip in March following a troubled trip and disappointing ninth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 20, Buddy’s Saint has been working steadily since late August, first at Crupi’s New Castle Farm in Ocala, Fla., and at Belmont since late September.


“All is good,” said Bruce Levine, who trains the son of Saint Liam for Kingfield Stables. “We’ll run him at Aqueduct, I just have to figure out where – an allowance race would be my choice.”


While last year’s 12-length Nashua romp and 4 ¾-length Remsen win were visually impressive, Levine believes the colt has matured considerably over the intervening months.


“He still wants to play, he’s kind of got the baby in him, but he’s a lot more mature breezing,” said Levine. “When you turn him around, he knows it’s time to breeze. He just gears up and goes. He’s really into it. Last year, you’d breeze him by himself, he’d go 1:01, this year he goes much faster. He’s a happy horse and a big ham. It’s good to have him back.”


Looking toward New York Showcase Day on Saturday, Levine said he expects to run City Broad in the seven-furlong Iroquois for fillies and mares, and could have two starters in the Sleepy Hollow, for juveniles, with Bug Juice and Bambi Bound.


Bug Juice has now won three straight and exits a 10-length runaway win in the New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes on October 2, while Bambi Bound graduated the maiden ranks at Belmont on October 9 in his second start.


“He’s fast,” Levine said of Bug Juice, who has wired the fields for a combined margin of 23 ¼ lengths in his last three starts. “I’ll run Bug Juice or Bambi Bound in the Sleepy Hollow, maybe both, and City Broad in the Iroquois. That’s the plan.”



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