Vekoma delivered a 'big race'; Point of Honor's up next

Vekoma delivered a 'big race'; Point of Honor's up next
Photo: Ryan Thompson/Gulfstream Park

After making a comeback with a win Saturday in Gulfstream Park’s $75,000 Sir Schackleton Stakes, the future is uncertain for Vekoma.

Trainer George Weaver said Sunday it seems like Vekoma came out of the race well, but as for next steps, "Who knows? The whole racing calendar is up in the air. Hopefully, something will pop up in the next six or eight weeks."

Vekoma's start on Saturday was his first since the 2019 Kentucky Derby, where he finished 12th after the disqualification of Maximum Security.

The son of Candy Ride was the 8-5 favorite in the Sir Shackleton, a seven-furlong dirt sprint for older horses.

"We came back with a big race yesterday," Weaver said of the 4-year-old. "Hopefully, he'll be able to have a nice campaign for the rest of the year and add to his resume."

Weaver has a clearer picture of where another 4-year-old trainee, Point of Honor, will run next: the April 18 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park, "if they're still running races."

The Curlin filly ran second in her own 4-year-old debut, a seven-furlong sprint on March 7 at Tampa Bay Downs.

Previously, Point of Honor won the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Stakes weekend before earning Grade 1 placings in Saratoga's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Alabama Stakes (G1).

As for his overall training plans in the coming weeks, Weaver is as uncertain as others in the industry.

"Normally around Derby, we set up around Saratoga, but I don't see that happening," he said. 

Weaver said he's likely to continue basing at the Palm Beach Downs training center in Florida, "get some babies in, get them in a spot where they'll be ready to run when the races begin."

2020 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1)

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