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
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.
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.”
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.
worked really well like he always does and then cooled out fine,” Romans said.
Lauffer and Cubbedge were on hand with their families to see the workout.
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.”
for the Clark will be taken Tuesday and entries for the Cigar Mile will be
working toward the Clark on Saturday were Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne
Lynn’s Bourbon Courage and Claiborne Farm and Adele
Courage, winner of the Super Derby (GII), breezed four furlongs in :48 and
galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.60.
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.”
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