Hidden Scroll has Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint on his agenda

Hidden Scroll has Oaklawn's Count Fleet Sprint on his agenda
Photo: Derbe Glass/Gulfstream Park

Off a winning 4-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park, Hidden Scroll's next start could mean a return to stakes company.

The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun, who scored a 12 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong allowance race back on March 1, is a candidate for Oaklawn Park's Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3).

Garrett O'Rourke, general manager for owner/breeder Juddmonte Farms, said Tuesday he hasn't firmed up plans with trainer Bill Mott.

"Bill's talking about the Count Fleet, but obviously that was supposed to be this week," O'Rourke said.

Also at six furlongs, the race was pushed back to April 18 as Oaklawn Park rearranged its stakes schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hidden Scroll's latest win was the first in four tries since he broke his maiden more than a year ago and burst onto the scene as a Kentucky Derby favorite.

"Obviously we're delighted," O'Rourke said. "We've had a lot of patience in bringing the horse back."

He said Mott was "impressed enough with that performance" to consider running Hidden Scroll in the Carter Handicap (G1) before racing at Aqueduct was halted last month.

"Unfortunately, coronavirus has changed all of our plans in the interim, and that's why we're headed to Oaklawn," O'Rourke said.

Meanwhile, plans are on hold for Juddmonte homebred Bonny South.

The 3-year-old filly, conditioned by Brad Cox, hasn't worked since winning the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) on March 21.

As for what's next, "we don't know, and that's why she hasn't worked," O'Rourke said. "If you could tell me when the next racing is, I could tell you what's next."

O'Rourke said Bonny South "came out of the race fine. Brad's happy with her."

He said Cox would like to continue along the path for the Kentucky Oaks.

"Until we figure out where and when all of the prep races are going to be when racing resumes, unfortunately we can't make plans for her."

Cox has multiple other options for the Fantasy Stakes (G3) on May 1 at Oaklawn, including reigning champion filly British Idiom. The Fantasy is the only Oaks points prep on the schedule for now ahead of the Sept. 4 race at Churchill Downs.

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