Dominick Schettino has long had on his mind that he would like to have two preps before the Triple Crown trail for his Greenpointcrusader
, who is owned by a partnership of St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables. A talented and well-bred $575,000 Keeneland Sale purchase, the son of Bernardini immediately showed promise and will carry that potential into Saturday’s Grade II $1,000,000 TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby.
Second by a neck on debut – just missing at 5½ furlongs at Saratoga, the full-brother to Algorithms graduated and then four weeks later took the Grade I $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont on a sloppy and sealed surface on Oct. 3. Sent off as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite in the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he was never comfortable and finished seventh, beaten 4¼ lengths. With plenty of foundation under him, as well as a Grade I victory, he kicked off his campaign against top-rated east coast sophomore Mohaymen in the Grade II $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park and was a good second, 3½ lengths astern the current Kentucky Derby future book favorite.
“Everything is going okay with him,” Schettino said. “I think the post (two) is good for him – you can’t do anything about that, anyway – and we will see how the race sets up. I just want him to get a clean trip. Velazquez has the ride on him and he rode him last time, so he knows him a little better this time.
“This has been the schedule for him going into the Derby,” he continued. “As long as he runs his race and runs the way he ran in the Champagne, we should be okay. (His style) is one of the reasons we picked this spot. He has a nice finish and it’s a long stretch. There are some nice 3-year-olds like Gun Runner and Mo Tom and a few allowance horses who could pop up, too, so it’s a tough race.”
The dark bay colt has continued to train forwardly since his runner-up effort, with a steady stream of half-mile and five-furlong works at Palm Meadows in South Florida, including a sharp four furlongs in 49.60 – sixth-best of 37 – on Mar. 11.
Source: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots