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Hymn Book Going to Bernard Baruch

Shug McGaughey waited until the last minute before deciding Wednesday not to enter Stuart Janney III’s Hymn Book in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap. On Thursday morning, the trainer said the 5-year-old gelded son of Arch would run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile grass race for 3-year-olds and up on August 26.


Hymn Book is coming off a second-place finish behind Flat Out in the Grade 2 Suburban on July 2 at Belmont Park . That horse was made the lukewarm 4-1 favorite for the Whitney.


“I think he might be a little better on the grass,” McGaughey said of Hymn Book. “We ran him in the Suburban and we caught that horse Flat Out who ran a 113 Beyer (Speed Figure). The Whitney has a big field; Secretariat wasn’t in there, but we decided to find something a little better for him.”


McGaughey’s ultimate goal for Hymn Book is the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on October 2 at Belmont Park .


“He likes that main track down at Belmont ,” McGaughey said.



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