Soldat, second in Sunday’s Grade 3 Pilgrim, will
depart Belmont Park
four days before he runs in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, said trainer
Owned by Harvey A. Clarke and W. Craig Robertson, III,
Soldat became the first stakes winner for his freshman sire War Front when he
won the Grade 3 With Anticipation at Saratoga
on October 3. War Front, a son of Danzig, began his career by making two starts
for McLaughlin before he was transferred to the barn of Hall of Famer Allen
Jerkens, for whom he won the 2006 Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at six
furlongs on the dirt.
“War Front was a really good looking colt and was a great
mover,” said McLaughlin. “He was a beautiful horse. I think Soldat is a nice
looking horse, but he’s not as robust. They both have great minds and do
McLaughlin added that he has several interesting options in
mind for Mrs. Fitriani Hay’s Redding Colliery, winner of the Grade 2
Hawthorne Gold Cup last Saturday.
“The [Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct
November 27] is a possibility, but we’d need to look over it,” said McLaughlin.
“He’s been invited to Japan
for the dirt race [Japan Cup Dirt, Group 1, Hanshin Racecourse, December 5].
We’ll take it a look at it.”
Before McLaughlin decides where Redding Colliery will make
his next start, the 4-year-old must first get back to Belmont.
“He’s still in Chicago
and he’ll leave on Monday,” the conditioner said. “My staff over there said he
came out of the race well.”