Win machine Break Even in training, 'possible' for Oaklawn start

January 13, 2020 05:17pm
Win machine Break Even in training, 'possible' for Oaklawn start
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Break Even, who won the first six starts of her career before a runner-up in Saratoga’s Prioress (G2) to finish her 3-year-old season, has resumed training as an older horse.

Trainer Brad Cox told Oaklawn Park’s publicity department that the daughter of Country Day is going to the racetrack at Louisiana Downs. He added that it’s “very possible” Break Even will be seen during the upcoming Oaklawn meet that begins Jan. 24 in Hot Springs, Ark.

Break Even counted the Purple Martin Stakes among her victories last year, adding to them Churchill Downs’ Eight Belles (G2), Belmont Park’s Jersey Girl and Saratoga’s Coronation Cup in a switch to the turf.

The Chad Brown-trained Royal Charlotte defeated Break Even in the Aug. 31 Prioress, after which Cox shut down the Klein Racing star for the rest of the season.

With no turf course at Oaklawn, it’s a given Break Even would stay on the dirt there. She hasn’t yet published a work, meaning spots further out such as the Feb. 29 Spring Fever at 5 1/2 furlongs and April 11 Carousel at 3/4 of a mile are logical targets.

Cox is targeting a number of other Oaklawn stakes to open 2020, first up pointing the promising 3-year-old Taraz to the Feb. 1 Martha Washington. She’s 2-for-2 with an 11 1/4-length stakes victory last time in Fair Grounds’ Dec. 21 Letellier Memorial.

“Wait to you see her,” Cox told Oaklawn publicity. “She might make Zenyatta look small. A gorilla. She doesn’t even look like a Thoroughbred.”

Cox also has Fair Grounds allowance winner Warrior’s Charge, fourth in last year’s Preakness Stakes, targeting the Feb. 17 Razorback (G3) for older horses.


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