Ticker
  • Smart Transition wins the Curlin at Saratoga for trainer John Shirreffs.Posted 13 hours ago
  • There's no catching Moonlight Song in the John Morrissey over Saratoga's slop.Posted 1 day ago
  • La Verdad wins another, dominating today's Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Solow wins the Qatar Sussex Stakes over a stubborn Arod.Posted 2 days ago
  • Breaking Lucky edges Shaman Ghost in the Prince of Wales.Posted 3 days ago
  • Shore Runner turns it on late to win the Lucky Coin.Posted 4 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox DQ'd giving Curalina the win in the Grade 1 CCA Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • In defense of her Royal North win of last year, Ageless sets a new course record at Woodbine.Posted 5 days ago
  • Catch A Flight gets up in the final stride to win the San Diego.Posted 6 days ago
  • Hard Not to Like gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 6 days ago

Girolamo, Regal Ransom Work

Godolphin Racing’s Girolamo and Regal Ransom turned in separate five-furlong breezes this morning at Belmont Park as they continued their respective final preparations for Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh and Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap. 

 

Girolamo negotiated the distance in 1:01.05 in the fifth-fastest of 35 workouts at the distance. Winner of the one-mile Grade 2 Jerome Handicap last fall and fifth in the Grade 2 Forego at Saratoga on September 4 most recently, the 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy will be cutting back in distance for the six-furlong Vosburgh.

 

“With his pedigree, we’d like to take a shot at winning a Grade 1,” said Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. “Without Majesticperfection and Big Drama going to the race, we thought it might be a winnable Grade 1.”

 

Regal Ransom, who took the 2009 Group 2 U.A.E. Derby and Grade 2 Super Derby, earned a bullet for his 58.67 drill. Like his stablemate, Regal Ransom will shorten up in distance as he enters the one-mile Kelso off a gate-to-wire victory in a 1 1/8-mile optional claimer at Saratoga on September 1.

 

“We’re really happy with him,” said Mettee. “It’s going to be a tough race, but he tries hard every time.”

 

Mettee revealed that Sara Louise lost a shoe during her third-place effort in yesterday’s Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap, her first start following her narrow defeat at the hands of Indian Blessing in the 2009 renewal.

 

“She was squeezed at the start, and that’s when I assume it happened,” said Mettee. “She’s a little tired this morning, but that’s what you’d expect after going 6 ½ furlongs off a layoff.”

 

Prior to the Gallant Bloom, Mettee said Sara Louise was under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 5, and that status hasn’t changed following yesterday’s performance.

 

“It was an OK race,” said Mettee. “The winner got a Beyer of 93, so that would put her in the high 80s. I don’t know if that’s good enough for the Breeders’ Cup, but we’re going to proceed as if that’s where we’re going. We’ll see what Saeed wants to do, although I’m not sure what else is available.”

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories