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Breeders' Cup 2017

McLaughlin Says Cairo Prince "The Real Deal"

Cairo Prince Nashua 615 X 400
Photo: NYRA / Coglianese Photos

After reporting that Grade 2 Remsen runner-up Cairo Prince emerged from his efforts in good order, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he remains convinced he has a top 3-year-old prospect in the gray son of Pioneerof the Nile.

 

"He was wide on both turns and then when he got there at the eighth pole, the jockey [Luis Saez] was maybe a little overconfident and thought he was the winner," said McLaughlin. "Then Javier [Castellano] came back [aboard Honor Code] and it was his day yesterday, winning five. Honor Code is a nice horse, but we were giving him six pounds and to lose by a nose, we feel like we have the best horse right now. Moving forward, we'll see."

 

McLaughlin said Cairo Prince would depart for Florida this week, with an eye toward

The Triple Crown preps, possibly to include the Gotham and Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

 

"He's the real deal," said the trainer. "He'll get the distance; he was unlucky yesterday."

 

McLaughlin added that Godolphin Racing's 4-year-old filly Wedding Toast, who ran her win streak to four in the Grade 3 Comely, also came out of the race in good order and will be traveling to Florida as well.

 

"Wedding Toast ran great; Javier rode her great and she dug in gamely," he said. "We'll look at coming back up here for races like the Top Flight and the Ruffian, just trying to keep her and Dance Card apart."

 

 

 

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