Shackleford expected to make one more start
|Shackleford got off to a
horrible start in the Dirt Mile
(Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing Partnership's Shackleford,
winner of the 2011 Preakness, is scheduled to be available for inspection at
Darby Dan Farm on Friday through Sunday, but Thursday will not be the last day
at the track for the chestnut colt. Shackleford is scheduled to return to
Churchill Downs at the beginning of next week and could make his final career
start in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on November 23.
"We might run him in the Clark," trainer Dale Romans said. "We'll see how
he's going into the race, but the plan right now is to go into (the Clark) or
the (Grade 1) Cigar Mile (at Aqueduct on November 24). As long as he trains
well, he'll have one more race."
Shackleford, who finished seventh after a stumbling start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt
Mile on Saturday, captured the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and
the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes earlier this year. He has
dropped his last three attempts, sandwiching a second in the Grade 2 Kelso
Handicap between a disappointing eighth in the Grade 1 A.G. Vanderbilt and the
The four-year-old son of Forestry has earned more than $2.8 million from a
19-5-5-1 lifetime mark.
If his connections opt for the 1 1/8-mile Clark, Shackleford would be making
his first start past a mile since a seventh in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at
Gulfstream Park in February.
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