Global Campaign marches to Ohio Derby with 'persistent' issue

June 16, 2019 04:04pm
Global Campaign marches to Ohio Derby with 'persistent' issue
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Global Campaign, who defeated Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston in his previous start, will on Monday be entered for the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby. But it won’t be until later in the week, however, that Saturday’s possible race favorite is confirmed to run at JACK Thistledown.

Hunter Rankin, president of owner Sagamore Farm, said the son of Curlin continues dealing with a “persistent” foot issue dating back to his break in the March 2 Fountain of Youth (G2). Connections believe he grabbed himself en route to an uncharacteristic fifth-place finish.

Global Campaign sports an otherwise spotless resume, returning May 11 to win Belmont Park’s Peter Pan Stakes (G3) and improve his record 3-for-4.

“Because of how he did that and the damage he did to that foot, we’re still dealing with the repercussions,” Rankin said. “The foot takes a long time to grow down.”

In his final work for the Ohio Derby, the Stanley Hough-trained Global Campaign drilled five furlongs Saturday at Churchill Downs in 1:00.80. Rankin said the colt was scheduled to be re-shod on Sunday, in the process removing a “spider plate” that has protected his foot.

“He’s had three or four consistent weeks, and he’s training well with the plate,” Rankin said. “We’re hoping it’s toughened up under that plate and he’ll be good to go.”

Rankin likened Global Campaign’s foot issue to a marathon runner losing a toenail.

“It’s just sensitive,” he said. “It’s not a soundness issue for him.”



Beyond the Ohio Derby, races such as the July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park and Saratoga’s July 27 Jim Dandy (G2) will be considered. The summer goal is a shot at the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1).

Should Global Campaign not go in the Ohio Derby, connections will look to Belmont’s July 6 Dwyer (G3) going a one-turn mile.

No matter the choice, they’ll enter confident after Sir Winston’s Belmont victory. In the Peter Pan, Global Campaign defeated him by a narrowing 1 1/4 lengths at nine furlongs on the same track.

“The thing I like about our race last time is, Global did all the running,” Rankin said. “They went like :23, :46, 1:10 and change — whatever they did — and we kept on, which I was impressed with. That other horse (Sir Winston) closed into a pretty hot pace.”

Others under Ohio Derby consideration include the Preakness Stakes’ third-place finisher, Owendale; Kentucky Derby runner Long Range Toddy; and Bethlehem Road, an unbeaten colt who moved his record to 3-for-3 in the May 21 Parx Spring Derby.

 

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