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Shackleford wins the 2012 Met Mile over Caleb's Posse
Instead of going straight to the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on Saturday, September 1 as originally planned, multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford may run on Sunday, August 5 in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.


“There is a slim chance that Shackleford might show up in the Vanderbilt,” said trainer Dale Romans. “A lot depends on how he breezes at Churchill tomorrow. It has been in the back of my mind for a while.”


Owned by Bill Cubbedge and Michael Lauffer, Shackleford most recently ran perhaps the top race of 2012 to this point, defeating Caleb’s Posse by a nose in the prestigious Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28 at Belmont.


Romans previously indicated that the 4-year-old son of Forestry would await the Forego, but he has seen signs that the 2011 Preakness winner might be ready sooner.


“He’s starting to come out of his shell and I don’t think it will be as taxing on him as the one and one eighth miles of the Whitney,” Romans said. “He’s a horse that likes to run, and if nothing else, it would be a good prep for the Forego. He only has three or four more races left in his career, so we might as well get them.”


If Shackleford does run in the Vanderbilt, it would be the first time in his career trying six furlongs. Because he was not nominated for the race, he would need to be supplemented for $8,000.




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