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Breeders Cup 2015

McGaughey On Fence With Hymn Book

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 August 26.


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.


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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 Canterbury Park.


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Didn;t they scratch or not enter Hymn book?
Agree. Hymn Book has great potential.
Be agressive Shug

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