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Skip Away Field Includes Csaba

The Grade 3 Skip Away drew 11 entries, and the field includes Csaba, a multiple graded stakes winner for trainer Phil Gleaves and owners Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff. Csaba won both the Harlan’s Holiday and Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream in 2013. This year he has yet to find the Winner’s Circle, most recently running eighth in an allowance event on the grass on March first. In the Skip Away, Csaba will return to the dirt and will break from post position four.            

“We ran him three times on the grass as a late 2-year-old, and we felt that he deserved one more chance because of his pedigree to see if, with maturity, he may have improved on the grass,” Gleaves said. “He ran well but not well enough for him to keep him on the grass.”            

The Skip Away, run at 1 3/16 miles, will be the longest race of Csaba’s career.            

“It’s the unknown,” Gleaves said. I think [he will handle it], based on his training. Based on his pedigree, it would seem within his realm. But – I hate to use a cliché, but it’s true – you don’t really know until you try.”            

Csaba is one of the few offspring of Kitten’s Joy not owned by the Ramsey family, who have become very successful campaigning their homebreds of the former Champion turf horse. Ken and Sarah Ramsey are on track to be the leading owners of the Championship Meet for the second straight year.            

“We bought him as an unraced 2-year-old from the Ramseys,” Gleaves said. "I think it’s good for the Kitten’s Joys to be owned by others because it gets them seen in more places. It’s good exposure for [the Ramseys].”            

Breaking from the outside will be the Todd Pletcher-trained Micromanage, who will look to rebound off a seventh-place finish in the Mineshaft Handicap (G3) at Fair Grounds last month after posting back-to-back second place finishes in ungraded stakes at Aqueduct. Virginia Derby winner War Dancer is also in the field, as is the improving Nevada Kid, who won the Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream on December 13th.                 

 

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