Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey
is still on the fence on whether to start Stuart Janney’s Hymn Book in
Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Invitational or await the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch on
The 5-year-old gelded son of Arch,
5-3-1 from 10 starts, made his first graded stakes appearance on July 2,
finishing second, beaten 6 ½ lengths, by Flat Out in the Grade 2 Suburban
Handicap at Belmont Park.
“I’m going to work him tomorrow, see
how that goes, and then see how the week goes,” said McGaughey. “I might opt
for the grass [Bernard Baruch].”
The Suburban was Hymn Book’s first
scheduled start on conventional dirt, having compiled a 3-2-0 mark from six
turf starts and a 2-0-1 mark in three off-the-turf events, including the Three
Coins Up overnight stakes at Belmont on May 19.
Headache, one of
the invitees for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap, put in
a five-furlong breeze over the Oklahoma training track this morning in 1:02.03.
It was his fourth workout – and his second at Saratoga – since winning the
Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 25.
The 5-year-old gelding, who was claimed by owner Ken Ramsey
for $25,000 nearly two years ago, also won last year’s Claiming Crown Jewel at