Ticker
  • Big Macher best in the Cary Grant! Posted 6 hours ago
  • Calgary Cat blows by the field in the Kennedy Road! Posted 10 hours ago
  •  California Chrome works 4f over Del Mar turf course in :52.00Posted 13 hours ago
  • Belmont runner-up Commissioner returned to the work tab Nov 22 (3f in :38.12 at Palm Beach).Posted 13 hours ago
  • Sunbean raises his career record to 12-for-19 lifetime with a Delta Mile victory! Posted 1 day ago
  • Ocho Ocho Ocho edges Mr. Z in the Delta Downs Jackpot! Posted 1 day ago
  • Take Charge Brandi scores again, this time in the Delta Downs Princess!Posted 1 day ago
  • Strike Charmer flew away with the Cardinal! Posted 1 day ago
  • Yahilwa and Mike Smith get the job done in the Treasure Chest!Posted 1 day ago
  • Honor Code returns a winner in an Aqueduct allowance! Posted 1 day ago

Cogito Arrives at Belmont Park for Jamaica

Cogito, a listed stakes winner in England, has arrived at Belmont Park along with trainer Brian Meehan, who hopes the 3-year-old can give him his fifth Grade 1 win in North America and third at Belmont when he competes in Saturday’s $400,000 Jamaica Handicap.

“He went to the track this morning, and we’re both really happy,” said Meehan. “He’s fresh and well, just leg-stretching and schooling in the gate and the paddock. We have a good post position, and after two nice days the track should be in reasonable condition. He couldn’t be better. His form is good, and we’ll try to maintain our excellent strike rate in this country.”

Meehan, who is based at the Manton training center near Marlborough, England, has competed in 23 races in the United States, winning the 2003 Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap with Buy the Sport and the 2008 Grade 1 Man o’ War with Red Rocks at Belmont. He has captured the Breeders’ Cup Turf twice, first in 2007 with Red Rocks and again in 2010 with Dangerous Midge.

Owned by J. Paul Reddam, who campaigned Red Rocks, Cogito was under consideration for the Grade 1 Travers in August at Saratoga Race Course but bypassed the race after a pulled muscle forced him to miss training. In his most recent start, he was second, beaten 1 ½ lengths, in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam on July 22 at Maisons-Laffitte in France.

“He pulled a muscle [before the Travers] and it was taking too long to bring him back,” said Meehan. “He was back, but he wasn’t back 100 percent, so it was a shame, really. I would have loved to have gone to the Travers, but this will do. I’ll take a Grade 1 if we’re lucky enough to win it.”

Frankie Dettori, who is named to ride Cogito in the Jamaica, Roveing Patrol in the Grade 1 Frizette, and maiden Telegraph Hill on Saturday at Belmont, will arrive in New York Friday night, Meehan said. On Sunday, Dettori is scheduled to compete in five Group 1 stakes, including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp in France.

“It’s what Frankie is conditioned to do and what he’s best,” said Meehan of Dettori’s itinerary. “Belmont for a Grade 1, Paris for an Arc. It’s what he thrives on. He’s a wonderful professional. We have a great record together, and we hope we can keep that up, too.”

Dettori’s most recent appearance at Belmont came in 2005 when he rode in five Breeders’ Cup races. Previously at Belmont, he won the 2001 Breeders’ Turf aboard Fantastic Light and the 1991 Grade 2 Long Island Handicap with Shaima.

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories