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Breeders' Cup 2017

Csaba Late Addition to Whitney Field

Csaba
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Csaba, a 4-year-old son of Kitten's Joy, was a late addition to the probable field for Whitney Handicap on Saturday by trainer Phil Gleaves.

 

The multiple graded stakes winner, who has scored in five of his past seven starts, was being pointed toward Friday's Birdstone overnight stakes, and Gleaves elected to go to the Whitney when that race drew only three entries.

 

"We were pointing toward the Birdstone, but it is what it is, and it didn't fill," said Gleaves, who is based at Calder Race Course. "We've come up here with a horse that is ready to run, so we'll go in the Whitney."

 

Csaba, third last out in the Grade 3 Salvatore Mile at Monmouth, has experience over the Saratoga main track at the Whitney distance of 1 1/8 miles. Last year, he was beaten a nose by Quick Wit in an off-the-turf running of the Grade 2 Hall of Fame. Csaba set the fractions throughout the race only to be caught at the end.

 

Gleaves had entertained thoughts of running in the Whitney even before the cancelation of the Birdstone.

 

"I had it in the back of my mind that if it was a small field we would go in the Whitney," he said. "It's going to be a field of high-quality animals. We're going to see where Csaba fits."

 

 

 

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