Paulo Lobo has been red hot in stakes races lately, winning at Kentucky Downs with Imperador and Saturday at Keeneland with In Love. Now the trainer is set to take them to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup in November.
The trainer updated Horse Racing Nation on the condition of some of his top talent in a Barn Tour interview.
After winning the Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) on Saturday, Lobo said the gelding came out of the race in excellent condition.
“Very well,” Lobo said. “Came back very well.”
Next up for In Love will be the Breeders’ Cup Mile, where Alex Achard will once again have the mount, after earning his first Grade 1 victory in his first Grade 1 ride Saturday.
Ivar finished fourth in the same race as In Love on Saturday, but Lobo said he was still pleased with the trip from the 5-year-old Agnes Gold horse, who was running for the first time since a sixth-place finish in the Turf Classic (G1) on May 1 at Churchill Downs.
“I think the race was very good for him, coming back from almost six months of layoff,” Lobo said. “He had a little problem turning for home, that horse came out and bumped (Ivar), but I think overall it was a very good race.
Ivar will join In Love for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and will be ridden by Joe Talamo. Talamo was in the irons for that same Breeders’ Cup race last year, when Ivar finished fourth.
“I was happy to run the Breeders’ Cup last year, and then we stopped with him, and then we ran him in May,” Lobo said. “Coming back now, I think with these races under his belt, I think he’s going to improve.”
After winning the Calumet Turf Cup (G2) at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 11, Lobo immediately declared the 5-year-old Treasure Beach horse would be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The trainer said that plan has not changed as Imperador returned to work.
“He’s perfect,” Lobo said. “Went back to work last Saturday. He’s doing very well.”
Imperador, who finished second in the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth Park in July before his start at Kentucky Downs, went four furlongs in 52.0 seconds Saturday at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky.
After finishing seventh in the Mint Million Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 6 and fourth in the Eddie Read (G2) at Del Mar on July 24, the Curlin colt will get class relief and stay at home for his next outing.
“He’s going to run (at Keeneland) in an allowance race,” Lobo said.
One of Lobo’s top allowance horses finished fifth in his most recent start at Kentucky Downs, and that followed a victory at Ellis Park in July. The Uncle Mo gelding will have some time off before his next race, which will also be in Kentucky.
“I’m going to keep him for Turfway Park,” Lobo said.
The last time he ran at Turfway, in March, Searing Chase earned his first career victory.