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Data Link Well After Grade 1 Victory

Trainer Shug McGaughey said Stuart S. Janney III’s Data Link was fine the morning after he won the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) by a neck over Turallure.

 

“He finally got a good chance, and he lived up to all we hoped he was gonna be,” McGaughey, who scored his first win in the race, said about the 4-year-old War Front colt, who went off at 12-1.

 

McGaughey said he’d like to keep Data Link in races at a mile or 1 1/8 miles.

 

“Even though he won a Grade 1 going a mile, I think going a bit longer will suit him even better,” he said. The colt’s next start could come in the 1 1/8-mile Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) on May 5 at Churchill Downs or the Dixie (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on May 19 at Pimlico.

 

Another Janney-McGaughey turf runner is Air Support, who won the Virginia Derby (G3) last year and returned to the races at Keeneland last Saturday, finishing fifth in an allowance. McGaughey said the 4-year-old Smart Strike colt is pointed at the 1¼-mile Milesuis on the turf at Belmont Park on May 3.

 

On Thursday at Keeneland, McGaughey sent out Phipps Stable homebred Point of Entry to win a 1½-mile allowance on turf. He said the 4-year-old Dynaformer colt might make his next start in the Elkhorn (G2) on April 27, closing day of Keeneland’s spring meeting.

 

Trainer Charles Lopresti was happy with the effort of Turallure in his 2012 debut.

 

“I would have been disappointed if he had not run well,” Lopresti said. “He ran a winning race; he just got beat by a better horse. Shug did to us what we usually do – he stalked us. Data Link ran a great race.”

 

Lopresti is eyeing the Woodford Reserve as the next step for Turallure, as are the third- and fourth-place finishers, Doubles Partner and Get Stormy.

 

Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said, “If he (Doubles Partner) comes out of the race OK and everything does looks fine this morning, he’d go to the Woodford Reserve. He had a brutal trip yesterday and I thought he was the best horse in the race.”

 

Trainer Tom Bush said Get Stormy most likely would stay at Keeneland as he did last spring and fall after Grade 1 starts and then go over to Churchill for the Woodford Reserve.

 

“I’d say right now that’s what we’d do, but I want to see him when he goes back to the track,” said Bush, who was flying to Florida on Saturday morning. “Maybe the next time, we will get a little more give in the ground. He didn’t work that well here and that concerned me, but he still went out and gave a great effort yesterday.”

 

 

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