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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Still No Decision After Shackleford's Breeze

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Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership’s Shackleford breezed a half-mile on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday in :47.40 in his first workout since finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI).
 
A multiple Grade I winner of more than $2.8 million, Shackleford is under consideration for Friday’s $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) at Churchill Downs and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (GI) at Aqueduct on Nov. 24.
 
“We haven’t decided yet,” trainer Dale Romans said. “There are a lot of factors to consider. We’ll make a decision by Monday morning because there’s a plane to New York on Tuesday.”
 
Working on his own shortly after the track reopened following the renovation break at 8:30 a.m. (all times Eastern), Shackleford recorded opening fractions of :11.60 and :23 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40 under Tammy Fox. His four-furlong time of :47.40 was the second fastest of 57 at the distance.
 
“He worked really well like he always does and then cooled out fine,” Romans said.
 
Co-owners Lauffer and Cubbedge were on hand with their families to see the workout.
 
“We’ll see how he comes out of the work and we also want to look at the weather,” Lauffer said. “We want to run on a nice, fast racetrack. He loves it here (at Churchill Downs) and always runs well here, but he likes it at Aqueduct, too.”
 
Entries for the Clark will be taken Tuesday and entries for the Cigar Mile will be taken Wednesday.
 
Also working toward the Clark on Saturday were Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn’s Bourbon Courage and Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Cease.
 
Bourbon Courage, winner of the Super Derby (GII), breezed four furlongs in :48 and galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.60.
 
“I told (jockey) Leandro (Goncalves) to go between :48 and :48.40,” trainer Kellyn Gorder said. “It was a really nice breeze. (The Clark) has been our big target. It’s kind of like our Breeders’ Cup.”
 
Cease, runner-up to Pool Play in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GII), breezed a half-mile in :50 after going the opening-quarter in :25 for trainer Al Stall Jr. 
 

 

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Older Comments about Still No Decision After Shackleford's Breeze...

It would be ashamed to push when there is no shove left. Just like old football players and boxers, one hates to see them hang too long. I know it was the right thing to do when Shug discovered that his great filly Storm Flag Flying, all of a sudden just lost interest. He did the right thing and took her home rather than embarass her further. Hey D. Wayne, see how a class act does it???
Woops. Don't be surprised if Shack makes his final appearance in the Clark...but I'm not sure I believe it. People love him too much.
No dice!!! Shack will come back stronger than ever! Don't be surprised with an extended 5-year-old season. He may be the 2013 Precisionist! HE"S today's "People's Horse."
Always washed out before a race. Showing signs that retirement is overdue. Loved you Shacky, but your next career is already calling in the breeding shed.

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