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Elnaawi Makes Stakes Debut in Gotham

Shadwell Stable’s Elnaawi, a half-brother to 2011 Cigar Mile and 2012 Woodward winner To Honor and Serve, will make his graded stakes debut in next Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham, the Kiaran McLaughlin stable confirmed on Sunday.

 

After finishing third in a seven-furlong sprint in the mud in December, Elnaawi, a son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, successfully stretched out to one mile to break his maiden by four lengths over a muddy inner track on January 12.

 

“We’ll see how we fit in. He’s training well and ran well, so here we are,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to McLaughlin.

 

Transparent, who broke his maiden by 5 ¾ lengths on January 26 in his sixth start, could represent Darley Stable in the Gotham.

 

“We’re not sure. We’ll talk to everyone involved,” said Magnuson said of Transparent’s status for the Gotham. “He needs to take another step forward. They’re lightly raced, and it’s just a timing and experience thing.”

 

Consortium is expected to carry the Godolphin Racing colors in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap on the Gotham undercard, Magnuson said. Consortium is 2-2-1 in six career starts and will enter the race off a 2 ¼-length victory in an entry-level optional claimer on January 19 over the Tom Fool’s six-furlong distance.

 

“He’s a two-other-than allowance horse, but it’s a short field and he ran well enough last time for us to take a shot,” said Magnuson. “The numbers people loved his last race. This will be a different ballgame, but it looks like we could fit in, even if we just get a piece of it and go on from there. It’s nice to see him running. Last year we ran two, three times and then gave him time off. He’s doing great. Sound. And then we can map out our summer.”

 

 

 

 

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