forward to what could be an exciting Saturday afternoon, trainer Dallas
Stewart took time to attend a Cajun cookout at neighbor Eric Guillot's
barn Friday morning.
Stewart will send out Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul in the Grade 1 Travers, and 3-year-old filly Irish Lute in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test.
ready. This is our job," Stewart said. "This is what we do. It's
exciting, but we're going over there to get the job done."
closing to within 2 ½ lengths of Orb in the Kentucky Derby, where he
finished ahead of Travers rivals Verrazano, Palace Malice and Will Take
Charge, Golden Soul was ninth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and last of
seven in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.
feel as good about him as I ever have," Stewart said. "For some strange
reason, the [Haskell] didn't work. He ran bad, but he came back solid.
Every day was a solid day of training. His appetite was great. He put on
weight. He looks magnificent. We think his energy's good. All systems
are 'go' for him."
Soul was beaten by Palace Malice and Orb in the Belmont, finishing one
spot ahead of Will Take Charge, and was handily defeated by Verrazano in
got to try them. They're the best, top horses, all the way around,"
Stewart said. "This is where we're at. If you don't get any of the
Triple Crown races, this is your next stop. This is the next big one.
This is what you dream about."
two career graded stakes starts, Irish Lute was third in the Grade 3
Eight Belles and, most recently, third in the Grade 1 Prioress at the
Spa on July 27.
"She's doing excellent; right on," Stewart said. "She's ready to go."