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Hymn Book Gearing Up for 7yo Bow

Hymn Book(10) with jockey John Velazquez wins the Donn Handicap(G1) over Mission Impazible(2) at Gulfstream Park. Hallandale Beach, Florida. 02-11-2011

Stuart S. Janney, III’s Hymn Book is gearing up for his 7-year-old debut, which could come in next Saturday’s Westchester.

 

Winner of the 2012 Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Hymn Book hasn’t raced since finishing last of five in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap in November at Aqueduct. He returned to the worktab in February at Payson Park and has turned in a pair of four-furlong breezes over Belmont’s training track on April 7 and April 16.

 

“He’s an honest, hard-trying horse, 7-years-old now,” said Buzz Tenney, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “If we get a little of an off track, that will help him some. It will be a place to get him started. He’s a kind, quiet horse. You’d never know he’s in the barn. He’s easy to train and goes out and breezes the right way. He’s always been a sound horse, and he’s an easy horse to train. He runs well fresh, and pretty much always run well.”

 

In six starts at Belmont, Hymn Book has won three races, all overnight stakes. His 5 ¾-length win in Belmont’s Frank “Pancho” Martin overnight stakes in October preceded his start in the Cigar Mile.

 

 

 

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