Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s 4-year-old Csaba, on a streak of
four straight stakes victories including the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday
Stakes on Dec. 16 and $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) Jan. 13 at the
Gulfstream Park meet, is on schedule to face his biggest challenge yet
in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on Saturday, Feb.
“He came out of the Hal’s Hope in excellent condition and we’re
looking forward to the Donn,” said trainer Phil Gleaves Friday morning.
“He’ll have a breeze here (Calder) Monday morning and another next
weekend sometime. He’s been on more or less a once-a-month schedule of
races and shown no signs that he can’t handle it.
“At some point in the season he’ll get a break, but when and where we
haven’t decided as yet. Right now we’re just concentrating on the Donn,
which we know will be a tough race.” A son of Kitten’s Joy, Csaba has
now won eight of 17 career starts, capturing the ‘off the turf’ Tropical
Park Derby and Fred Hooper Handicap (G3) prior to the two Gulfstream
The Donn is expected to bring out a very strong field, including
WinStar Farm and Maribeth and Chuck Sanford’s Take Charge Indy, Preston
Farm’s Flat Out, Let’s Go Racing Stable’s El Padrino and the next three
to finish behind Csaba in the Hal’s Hope, W.S. Farish, Jr.’s Pool Play,
Lori and George Hall’s Pants On Fire and Harvey Clarke and partners’