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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

King's Bishop in Plans for Caleb's Posse

In Oklahoma (the state) for opening day at Remington Park, trainer Donnie Von Hemel still had his mind on Grade 2 Amsterdam winner Caleb’s Posse, whom he is pointing toward a run in the Grade 1, $250,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop for 3-year-olds on August 27.

 

The race is shaping up as one of the most contentious of the meet, with 2010’s 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo and sprint star Flashpoint heading an all-star cast that could also include the Bob Baffert-trained The Factor, Justin Phillip, Poseidon’s Warrior, Runflatout, and Wine Police.

 

Von Hemel had the son of Posse, owned by McNeill Stables, running in route races most of the year, and he won the Grade 3 Ohio Derby in June and placed second in the Grade 2 Rebel back in March. After a fourth-place finish in the Iowa Derby, Von Hemel cut back Caleb’s Posse in distance, and he responded with a sensational four-length score in the Amsterdam as the longest shot on the board at 12-1.

 

“That’s our plan,” said Von Hemel of the Foxwoods King’s Bishop.

 

The trainer will work late-running Caleb’s Posse either Friday or Saturday morning at Saratoga.

 

“It certainly should have pace in the race,” he said. “It’s a tough spot, but the horse ran so good that last race. There aren’t many seven-furlong races for 3-year-olds in the country.”

 

 

 

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