Stidham keeps Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup as option for Proxy

Stidham keeps Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup as option for Proxy
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Proxy, a consistent son of Tapit, could seek his first stakes win in the Grade 1, $400,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on May 30, if the fates allow.

“We’re looking at it and seeing if there’s a possibility of making travel arrangements,” trainer Michael Stidham said by phone Sunday morning from the 4-year-old bay colt’s East Coast base, where he was third, beaten just three lengths, in the Ben Ali (G3) at Keeneland on April 23.

Proxy worked five furlongs Friday at Fair Hill in Maryland, recording a bullet 1:02. Prior to the Ben Ali, he was second in the New Orleans Classic (G2) on March 26 at the Fair Grounds and won an overnight race there Feb. 25, his first start in 10 months.

“It all depends on if we can make arrangements (for the Gold Cup),” said Stidham, who trains Proxy for owner/breeder Godolphin LLC. “He’s an honest type that runs good races off layoffs. He’s multiple graded stakes-placed, but we’re looking to win a stakes with him, so we’re going to shop around for the best spot.”

Proxy has a 3-4-1 record from 10 starts with earnings of $399,350. Last year he was second in the Lecomte (G3) and the Risen Star (G2) and fourth in the Louisiana Derby (G2) behind Santa Anita-based Hot Rod Charlie, trained by Doug O’Neill.

2022 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1)

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