Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red is being pointed to the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop on August 23, trainer Jose Garoffalo said Thursday morning.
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in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, the 3-year-old son of Grade
1-winning sprinter D'wildcat will leave New Jersey for Saratoga around
August 10, the trainer said.
seven-furlong King's Bishop is one of three supporting graded stakes
for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, run at 1 ¼ miles. Garoffalo, who
returned to his Gulfstream Park base on Tuesday, said he would also
keep an eye on how the Travers develops.
going to nominate to both races, but I'm leaning toward the King's
Bishop," said Garoffalo. "I want to look and see what horses are going
to the race. It looks like it's going to be a very tough group of
horses, and the Travers is going to be even tougher. But he's doing good
so we are going to head up there and see. He's already run
seven-eighths this year and he won easy, so I think that'll be a good
race for him."
Red won the seven-furlong Grade 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream by 4 ¾
lengths on February 1, then captured the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at 1
1/16 miles three weeks later and was second by a neck to Constitution in
the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby on March 30.
get him up there and work him the week before the race," Garoffalo
said. "He's very good. I gave him some days off after the Haskell, and
we'll bring him back to the track on Friday or Saturday. He's doing