Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Sue Kawcynski
of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey has won the last two editions of the
Grade 1, $400,000 Man o' War, with 4-year-old Point of Entry in 2012 and
5-year-old Boisterous in 2013. On Sunday, he'll be trying to make it
three straight with yet another horse - the 6-year-old Imagining, most recently runner-up in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on February 9.
been our plan," said McGaughey. "We ran him one time in Florida and he
ran a great race down there. We wanted to get him up here for the long
races and get him started. He breezed this morning on the turf (four
furlongs in 50.57 seconds) and went great."
As a 5-year-old, Imagining won four of his six starts, with his only off-the-board finishes coming when 10th
in the Grade 2 Dixie at Pimlico Race Course and sixth in the Grade 1
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational in September at Belmont.
Dixie was just a ridiculous race, a throw out," said McGaughey. "Before
the Joe Hirsch, he went a little bit nuts in the holding barn and Johnny
[Velazquez] thought he rode him away from the gate a little bit too
hard. But, he came back and [won the Bowl Game and Grade 3 Red Smith],
so his last three races have been good."