Trainer: Mineshaft or Razorback next for Maxfield; no Saudi Cup

Trainer: Mineshaft or Razorback next for Maxfield; no Saudi Cup
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Maxfield will not be heading to the Feb. 20 Saudi Cup trainer Brendan Walsh said on Monday. Walsh remains undecided about the next destination for the 4-year-old, but said the $20 million race was never seriously considered.

“We never nominated him,” Walsh said.

The Street Sense colt, who last ran in the Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 19 will instead point toward either the Mineshaft (G3) or the Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn according to Walsh.

Maxfield remains undefeated through four starts, though injuries have derailed him throughout his career.


“He worked this morning and he worked really well,” Walsh said. Maxfield breezed five furlongs at Fair Grounds on Monday in 1:01.00.

The Feb. 13 Razorback field remains unclear, but could include Owendale running for Brad Cox, the trainer told HRN earlier this month. The Mineshaft, also Feb. 13, would allow the Godolphin homebred to remain at Fair Grounds and not ship elsewhere.

Walsh also gave an update on Prevalence, 3-year-old son of Medaglia d'Oro who burst onto the scene Saturday with a dominant maiden performance at Gulfstream, beating out the Chad Brown-trained Stage Raider, a half-brother of Triple Crown-winner Justify.

“Something hopefully in Florida,” Walsh said. “Probably an allowance race I would think.

Walsh said it will likely be around a month’s time before the promising colt runs again.

“I haven’t given it a ton of thought because I thought he was a nice horse but I didn’t think, I mean how often do you see a first-timer do that?” Walsh said.

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