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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Cairo Prince, Almost Famous Tune Up for Holy Bull

Cairo Prince Nashua 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Coglianese Photos

Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Cairo Prince tuned up for a scheduled start in Saturday’s Holy Bull during a sharp half-mile breeze at Palm Meadows in 48 2/5 seconds Sunday morning.           

“We couldn’t be happier. It was exactly what we were looking for,” McLaughlin said. “He’s ready to go.”           

Cairo Prince launched his career with a victories in a maiden race at Belmont and the Nashua (G2) at Aqueduct before being nosed out by Honor Code in a memorable Remsen finish.           

Patrick Byrne-trained Almost Famous also breezed a half-mile in 48 2/5 seconds at Palm Meadows while prepping for the Holy Bull.           

“I was very happy with it. He went up a little quicker than I liked. He worked on his own from the half-mile pole to the wire and galloped out in 1:02 and three-quarters in 1:17,” Byrne said. “He’s ready to go Saturday.           

Almost Famous is coming off an impressive six-length allowance victory at Churchill Downs in his first trip around two turns.           

“I just put some blinkers on him, just to keep him focused a little, and it worked,” said Byrne, whose colt rebounded from a previously disappointing effort in an overnight stakes.           

Calvin Borel, who was aboard for his debut victory at Churchill in September, will be reunited with Almost Famous in the Holy Bull.           

Other Holy Bull candidates that worked at Palm Meadows: Chad Brown-trained Coup de Grace, a bullet half-mile in :47.40, and Intense Holiday, an easy half in :49.05.

 

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