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To Honor And Serve breaks maiden at Belmont Park (10-2-10).
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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.

"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."

Next 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.

"She'd 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."

Principal 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.

"We 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]."

 

 

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