Belmont Stakes' timing 'not ideal' for Global Campaign

May 21, 2019 11:09am
Belmont Stakes' timing 'not ideal' for Global Campaign
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Global Campaign, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (G3) in his last start at Belmont Park, doesn’t figure to follow up in the track’s signature race.

Hunter Rankin, president of Sagamore Farm, said Tuesday that “I think you’re going to skip” the June 8 Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown series.

“He's doing great, but we feel like other options set him up better for the rest of the year,” Rankin said.

The “most likely” return spot for the Curlin colt is now the June 22 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown Racino, while Churchill Downs’ June 15 Matt Winn (G3) will also be considered.

Since the May 11 Peter Pan victory, Global Campaign relocated to Churchill, where he’s in the care of trainer Stanley Hough.

The colt, who’s 3-for-4 and campaigned in partnership with WinStar Farm, has also dealt with nagging foot issues. He missed a work between his Jan. 5 debut win and Feb. 9 allowance victory, then grabbed a quarter when fifth in the Fountain of Youth (G2).

Rankin said Global Campaign was stepped on at some point in his Peter Pan victory.

“We believe he'll go farther than (a) mile and an eighth, but the foot still needs a little time to heal, and it's just not ideal timing,” Rankin said.

Longer-term, the Travers Stakes (G1) could be on Global Campaign’s calendar.

Peter Pan runner-up Sir Winston and third-place Intrepid Heart are both among Belmont Stakes probables, with the list also including the 1-2 finishers of the Preakness Stakes in War of Will and Everfast, along with Tacitus, Master Fencer and Spinoff exiting the Kentucky Derby.

Horse Racing Nation's Jeff Byrnes contributed to this report.

 

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