To Honor and Serve returned from his
Grade 3 Westchester victory in fine form and remains on target for the
Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28, Hall of Fame trainer
Bill Mott said Sunday morning.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
"He looked really good
this morning," said Mott of the Bernardini colt, who has now won graded
stakes at ages 2, 3 and 4. "He jogged good, his legs look good, he ate
well. He seemed happy. He made us happy for such a good return. No
complaints. Yeah, we're pretty happy with him."
Saturday, Juddmonte Farms' Principal Role will be making her United
States debut for Mott in the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay at 1 1/16 miles
on the turf. Previously trained by Sir Henry Cecil, the 5-year-old
daughter of Empire Maker won four listed stakes in England, including
the TRM Severals Stakes at Newmarket, the Irish EBF at the Races Musker
Fillies Stakes at Great Yarmouth and the EBF Kheleyf Hoppings Stakes at
Newcastle in 2011. She also placed third behind Midday and Snow Fairy in
the Group 1 Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last July.
probably be much better at nine or 10 furlongs, and this is only 1 1/16
miles," said Mott. "I could have run her against the boys on Thursday
[Milesius Stakes at 1 ¼ miles] if I wanted the distance, but I didn't
think about it. This will get her started."
Role breezed five furlongs in 1:00.96 Sunday morning over Belmont Park's
turf, the first time since midwinter she has worked on the grass.
had her on the grass once down in Palm Meadows," said Mott. "She put in
a good work this morning. The clockers said it was pretty good. If she
runs OK on Saturday, we'll look at the Sheepshead Bay [Grade 2, 1 3/8
miles, May 26] or the New York [Grade 2, 1 ¼ miles, June 30]."