J P’s Gusto arrived at his new base of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs,
Ark., in the early evening hours Wednesday after a full day of travel
from Southern California. One of the nation’s top 3-year-olds, he has
been transferred from trainer David Hofmans to trainer Joe Petalino and
is scheduled to run Feb. 21 in the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at
J P’s Gusto touched down in Memphis, Tenn., around noon on Wednesday,
aboard a FedEx flight. He was then vanned to Oaklawn. But the usual 4
1/2-hour trip took over six hours because of traffic on Interstate 40.
Most of Arkansas was hit with a snowstorm on Wednesday, and some
overturned 18-wheelers temporarily closed down one of the highway’s
westbound lanes, according to news reports.