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
“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
“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.”