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3YO stars set for NJSS

May 11, 2004

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I Am A Fool and his rival Modern Art, are scheduled to make their 2004 debuts Saturday in New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands.

I Am A Fool won nine of 15 starts, including his final five, and earned $1.16 million last year. Among his wins were the Breeders Crown, Governor's Cup and Matron.

"He's been perfect," trainer Brett Pelling said. "I feel once we get past the training and the qualifying, the hardest part is over. Now we just go and race and see where we're at. We're not going to find out anything this weekend, but we will in a couple of weeks."

II Am A Fool has won a pair of qualifiers. He paced the final quarter in :26 in his latest qualifier on May 7.

"One thing about I Am A Fool, his versatility is unbelievable," said Pelling. "I know if he gets the 10 hole, he can leave. He can come first-over, go to the front, come third-over and win. That's why he's different. I'm putting him in the box Tuesday, and I don't care where he draws. That's the best thing about that horse."

Modern Art, who was runner-up to I Am A Fool in voting for year-end honors, has also won two qualifiers in preparation for his 2004 campaign. He was second in his final outing.

"I wouldn't trade mine for any one of them out there now," said Modern Art's trainer, Joe Holloway. "That's the best thing you can say at this point. He's got to be ready to go; everything is going so fast. You've got to be ready to go (1:51) in your first start."

Pelling also commented on the speed the colts will be forced to put forth to compete. "They're just going so fast now. I don't know how real it is," he said. "I don't know if it's the new bikes, or the track, but for some reason, everyone is flying. I wouldn't be surprised if we go :51...."
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