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To Honor And Serve Eyes Suburban

To Honor and Serve wins the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA, September 24, 2011. Jockey is Jose Lezcano, trainer is Bill Mott, owner is Live Oak Plantation. (Joan Fairman Kanes/Eclipse Sportswire)

Saturday was a big night for Bill Mott, as he watched last year’s champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta romp in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs followed closely by Ron the Greek’s narrow victory in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. Sunday morning, it was back to business at Belmont Park, where the hall of fame trainer sent out last year’s Cigar Mile winner To Honor and Serve for a half-mile breeze in 48.33.


“I’m very happy with the way he went, and he’s a possibility for the Suburban,” Mott said of the Bernardini colt, who last time out finished third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap behind Shackleford and Caleb’s Posse.


The Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race worth $350,000, is set for July 7 at Belmont Park and could attract two other sons of Bernardini - last year’s Jim Dandy and Travers hero Stay Thirsty as well as the promising Godolphin Racing colt Buffum.


Mott also reflected briefly on yesterday’s victories by Royal Delta (eight-length winner) and Ron the Greek (victorious by a head).


“It was exciting just because she was so dominant,” he said of Royal Delta, who last year won Grade 1 races in the TVG Alabama at Saratoga and Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs.


Ron the Greek, meanwhile, could make an appearance in New York later this year in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park this fall. Winner of the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year, the son of Full Mandate also finished second in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic and the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in 2012.


“Right now, we’re pointing for the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders’ Cup and maybe something before, but we don’t know yet,” Mott said. “That’s the plan right now. Hopefully, if he’s healthy, three more races this year.”




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Older Comments about To Honor And Serve Eyes Suburban...

speed horses usually work fast. Now if a Courth Vision or an Aldebaran ran one that fast, head would turn
To Honor And Serve breezed a 5f bullet in :59.03 (1/30) at Belmont Park (dirt training) on June 24.
We shall see, but if Bill Mott likes the horse then I like the horse!
This animal has not shown true distance ability, only getting away with an easy lead now and again
I think this is a great move! With his high cruising speed I think longer distances will be more advantageous for him, rather than 1 turn, 1 mile races. He'll run most competitor's into submission in these longer races, especially going 2 turns.

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