Heading into the 2013 campaign the 3-year-old pacing colt Odds On Equuleus figured to be among the division contenders, but nine months into the year and still winless after eight starts, has led to the decision by trainer and co-owner Robin Schadt to make a barn change and send the horse to Tony Alagna.
"In the best interest of the horse we decided it was time we had him looked at by a new set of eyes," Schadt told harnessracing.com by cell phone Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 3, while bringing the horse to Alagna's stable at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. "There's been nothing physical, but he's been battling some sickness and scoped sick after his last race (ninth in the Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs). We're still pointing for him to race in the Little Brown Jug in a few weeks."
Schadt shares ownership of Odds On Equuleus with Dana Parham as Odds On Racing. The son of Art Major won five of nine starts last year, including a Nassagaweya division at Mohawk Racetrrack and an International Stallion Stake division at The Red Mile in a career-best 1:50.
In his second start of 2013, Odds On Equuleus finished second in his North America Cup elimination at Mohawk, but then finished a non-factor ninth in the $1 million final. He bounced back with a strong second-place finish in his Meadowlands Pace elimination, which was followed by a runner-up outing in the $635,750 final. Odds On Equuleus then finished fourth in both the elim and final of the Empire Breeders Classic, which led into the Battle of the Brandywine. Although Odds On Equuleus has not won yet this year, he has still been able to add $205,267 to his bankroll to bring his career earnings to $622,801.
Schadt said she expects Alagna to train Odds On Equuleus at The Red Mile on Wednesday morning. Alagna also trains the top-ranked Captaintreacherous, whose connections have not announced yet whether a Little Brown Jug start was on his race calendar. Other Jug possibles in the barn include Wake Up Peter, who finished third to Captaintreacherous in Monday's Cane Pace at Tioga Downs, and Emeritus Maximus.