Multiple Grade 1 winners Shackleford
and To Honor and Serve highlight
the likely contenders for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, to be contested
at a mile on the main track.
They come off vastly different efforts. Shackleford finished a
lackluster eighth in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on August 5 at Saratoga. Using the race
as a prep for the Grade 1 Forego, which he missed due to a cough, Shackleford
drew the rail and never seemed to handle the muddy track.
To Honor and Serve comes off a gutsy victory in the Grade 1 Woodward on
September 1 at Saratoga,
fending off a late bid from Mucho Macho Man to win by a neck.
Also probable for the Kelso are 2011 Haskell winner Coil, listed stakes winner Golddigger’s Boy, and graded winner Tapizar.
Listed as questionable are Caixa
Eletronica, Jersey Town,
and Private Tale.