Kiaran McLaughlin will be represented in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000
Jockey Club Gold Cup, but exactly who will run is yet to be determined.
Stables’ Tranquil Manner, most recently third to Quality Road and
Mythical Power in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga on September 4 is among the
14 original invitees to the 1 ¼-mile race, with Redding Colliery and Etched
expected to be on the alternate list released Saturday.
looking at the race shape, the speed – or lack of speed – the weather, all
those things as we try to make a decision,” said McLaughlin. “Tranquil Manner
comes from way off the pace, Redding Colliery is speed, Etched likes it wet and
is forwardly placed … we’ll take everything into consideration.”
Colliery, 3-1-1 in five starts this year including a victory in the Grade 3
Lone Star Park Handicap in May, most recently finished second in the Grade 2
Iselin at Monmouth on August 21. The 5-year-old Etched, also owned by Darley,
recently won the Formal Gold over a sloppy track at Monmouth in his lone start
added that Soldat, winner of the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga, is doing well as
he prepares for next Sunday’s Grade 3 Pilgrim.