Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens and most of his stable
had shipped back to Belmont Park during this final week of the Gulfstream Park
season, but he did leave behind Verse Choir for his wife Elizabeth’s Hardwicke
Stable to win a race on Thursday at Gulfstream, along with Robert N. Clay’s
5-year-old Formidable, who drilled a sharp half-mile in 46 3/5 over the
Gulfstream track Saturday morning. The son of Sky Mesa is expected to start in
Friday’s $100,000 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (G3) on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Formidable won all three of his starts at Gulfstream this season, two on the
main track and the last going five-eighths on turf on Apr. 4, his first ever
start on grass.