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
“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
A rider has yet to be determined, said Hushion.