Spun to Run's team enjoys 'underdog' Pegasus World Cup role

January 13, 2020 04:14pm

Spun to Run and Omaha Beach have enjoyed similar career arcs as Grade 1 winners since counted out of the Triple Crown series for the same reason: throat surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis.

Yet while Omaha Beach trains toward his finale in the Jan. 25 Pegasus World Cup (G1), it’s feeling a bit forgotten that Spun to Run, who defeated him the last time they met, will line up in the gate as well at Gulfstream Park.

“I like being the underdog,” trainer Carlos Guerrero said Monday after Spun to Run worked an easy 5/8 of a mile in 1:03 at the Palm Meadows Training Center. “The same thing happened over there in California — the whole hype about Omaha Beach, Omaha Beach, Omaha Beach.

“I just told my guys, ‘That’s OK. Let’s just stay quiet.’ And then you saw happened.”

Spun to Run, of course, jumped away from the gate and never looked back in the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park with Omaha Beach second by 2 3/4 lengths. Guerrero confirmed race tactics will be similar in the Pegasus — “he’s going to roll” — and added he’s looking to confirm the services of jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on the return call.

Since the Breeders’ Cup, Spun to Run chased Maximum Security throughout the Cigar Mile (G1) to finish second. Guerrero said a pair of bullet works before that race may have left his colt too short to win, though there’s no telling whether a fresher Spun to Run could have kept up with the Eclipse Award finalist anyway.

Still, Monday’s drill marked a change of pace for Spun to Run after prior breezes at Palm Meadows went in a more snappy 47.9 and 48 seconds for half miles.

“The race is getting close, I just wanted to work him,” Guerrero said. “He’s fit. He’s ready. I’m trying to maintain him. He already got the two fast works. We wanted to go easy today and sharpen him right before the race — give him a nice blowout.”

Similar to the Breeders’ Cup, for which Spun to Run completed his works at Guerrero’s Parx Racing base, the colt will complete his major training before moving to Gulfstream. The trainer expects his horse will make the short ship on Jan. 20.

Since returning from the sidelines, which coincided with Guerrero adding blinkers, Spun to Run is 3-1-1 in six starts having also won Parx’s Smarty Jones (G3) and M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile leading into the Breeders’ Cup.

“He’s really happy,” Guerrero said Monday afternoon. “I’ve got him outside grazing right now. He’s loving every minute of it. It’s just like California. He loves the weather and quiet.”

2020 Pegasus World Cup (G1)


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