Mongolian Saturday in good shape heading into Troy
August 04, 2017 03:11pm

Arriving from Chicago on Thursday after a brief overnight stay at Thistledown, trainer Enebish Ganbat reported that 7-year-old multiple graded stakes winner Mongolian Saturday was in good order after his arrival. He visited the main track Friday morning in preparation for his upcoming start in Sunday's $250,000 Troy.

"He looks good," Ganbat said. "Typically, he's a little more full in the winter and fall, but he's still carrying good weight, so it's not an issue. Following his second-place finish in the [Grade 3] Parx Dash [on July 8], we decided to drive back the same day and in retrospect, that wasn't a good idea as he developed a fever when we got back to Chicago, but he's been much better since. We traveled here during the night to keep him cool and he's arrived looking great."

With a very competitive field set for the Troy, including fellow multiple graded stakes winners Undrafted, Green Mask and Long On Value, Ganbat said the race would be a good indicator for where Mongolian Saturday stands with the ultimate goal of getting back to the Breeders' Cup, where he captured the 2015 Grade 1 Turf Spring and was hoping for favorable turf conditions.

"He's a little better on soft grass but this [turf course] has been very fast," Ganbat said. "He's not very fast like Green Mask or Pure Sensation, but we want to see how he compares to the best sprinters in America right now. We need one or two more points to go to the Breeders' Cup which is our year-end goal."

Source: NYRA Communications


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