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Forego Possible For Poseidon's Warrior

Poseidon’s Warrior (#5) and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. winning the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Poseidon's Warrior, upset winner of Sunday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, emerged from the race in fine fettle and eagerly accepted congratulations and treats from visitors Monday morning.

“It was wonderful,” Virginia Reid, wife of trainer Robert “Butch” Reid, said of the victory. “So many people have stopped by to congratulate us. Yesterday when we got back to the barn [shared with trainer Tony Dutrow], Kim Dutrow had traced ‘Yes!’ in the dirt outside his stall. It was so sweet.”

Yesterday’s neck victory did not appear to take much out of Poseidon’s Warrior, who bounced around his stall and enthusiastically gobbled Mrs. Pastures Cookies for Horses.

“He ate everything up last night, and he was even tough to walk,” Reid said. “This morning he went to graze, and I couldn’t get him back inside.”

For now, Poseidon’s Warrior will stay in Saratoga as his connections ponder their next move. One possibility is the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego, run at seven furlongs on September 1.

“He might go in the Forego,” Reid said of the Swilcan Stable representative. “We’re a little hesitant because he likes three-quarters [of a mile].”

In two previous attempts at seven furlongs, Poseidon’s Warrior finished sixth (the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop last August) and fourth (the Philmont Stakes at Parx Racing last April). Six of the Speightstown colt’s seven wins have come at six furlongs.

 

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