Saturday’s Keeneland 75th Anniversary Stakes will serve as a question- and-answer session for Sarge Hudson, one of two undefeated runners in the six-furlong main-track event.
“We are going into a little deeper water,” trainer David Carroll said of Sarge Hudson, who is owned by Paul Morsches Jr. “I am not really sure what we have, but he has trained well on Polytrack. With 2-year-olds, you just don’t know. We are looking forward to it.”
Sarge Hudson won both of his starts on grass at Ellis Park, the latter coming at a mile on September 2.
“Off his last race, I think he went about as far as he wants to go and that ruled out the Bourbon (run at 1 1/16 miles last Sunday),” Carroll said. “I think he is more suited to shorter distances.”
The other undefeated runner in the race is George Michaels’ Luke of York, trained by James DiVito.
“He’s a big colt that needed time to develop,” DiVito said of Luke of York, who did not make his racing debut until September 24 at Arlington Park. “We didn’t really have this race picked out, but it was a spot that was available and we’ll give it a shot.”
Luke of York blew out a quarter-mile through the stretch in :23.80, according to clockers Thursday morning.