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