'Solid campaigner' Bal Harbour takes aim at the Cigar Mile

NYRA Press Office
November 07, 2019 02:35pm
Following five straight placings against graded stakes company, Bal Harbour will point to the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile next, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Owned by Red Oak Stable, the gelded 4-year-old son of First Samurai was third last out to Tom's d'Etat in the Grade 2 Fayette on October 26 at Keeneland, which came after a narrow runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga behind Preservationist.

A three-time stakes winner, Bal Harbour would be targeting his first graded stakes triumph in the Cigar Mile. His last win took place in the off-the-turf Gio Ponti last November at Aqueduct going the one-turn mile, which he won by 2 ¼ lengths over stable mate Life's a Parlay.

"He's a very solid campaigner," Pletcher said. "He shows up and runs hard every time. Last fall he was able to win at a one-turn mile race at Aqueduct, which wasn't as competitive as the Cigar Mile will be, but it was a good trip for him."

Pletcher, who already owns the record for most wins by a trainer in the Cigar Mile, will be targeting a fifth win in the event, having saddled Left Bank (2001), Lion Tamer (2004), Purge (2005) and Stay Thirsty (2012) to victory.

Bred in Kentucky by his owners, Bal Harbour is out of the stakes winning Carson City broodmare Casino Transaction.


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