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The Lumber Guy Tunes Up for the Wood

Barry Schwartz’s undefeated homebred, The Lumber Guy, recently outfitted with a patch for a quarter crack, zipped five furlongs in 1:01.64 this morning over the training track at Belmont Park in preparation for the Wood, which would be only his third career start. It was the second fastest of 14 moves at the distance.


“He worked well this morning,” said trainer Mike Hushion of the gray New York-bred. “We’re still looking at the Wood. He’s probably going to run.”


Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay repaired the quarter crack earlier this week, said Hushion. The colt sustained a grabbed quarter on his left front hoof during his 4 ¼-length victory in the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park on February 25.


“He had a little glitch, but he’s back on schedule, and right now, we’re going to give [the Wood] a try,” said Hushion.


The 1 1/8-mile Wood would be the first two-turn race for The Lumber Guy, a front-running 9 ¼-length winner of his debut at the Big A on January 28. The Grand Slam colt’s 1:10.20 for the six furlongs earned him a 90 Beyer Speed Figure and a spot on NYRA’s “New York Watch” list, which spotlights promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.


“I’d rather take a mini-step first time two turns, but we’re talking about the Wood so sometimes you do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do,” said Hushion. “His race in Maryland was pretty straightforward. He came out of the gate, stumbled, took off, and said goodbye.”


A rider has yet to be determined, said Hushion.




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Older Comments about The Lumber Guy Tunes Up for the Wood...

Travel_vic is right on..let this horse heal,and watch him go..
In follwing races longer than most, I have seen less than a handful of horses win with cracks of bar shoes....They just don't run when hurting and shouoldn't have to for that matter
It will be interesting to see how he does going around 2 turns. They paid the late nomination for the TC, so that says something about their confidence in him. Hushion is a tremendous trainer, who should never be overlooked.

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