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Breeders Cup 2015

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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