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Colt now aims for Red Mile

September 07, 2005

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Trainer Bob McIntosh told The Horseman Wednesday afternoon that Stonebridge Regal will not be ready in time to start in the upcoming Little Brown Jug at the fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, and that he is now pointing the 3-year-old colt to the Bluegrass and Tattersalls Stakes at The Red Mile in early October.

A winner of 10 of 16 starts this year and $582,466, Stonebridge Regal was at first supposed to get a short rest following a third-place finish in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace July 16, in preparation for the Jug Preview at Scioto Downs Sept. 10. But McIntosh decided to start the colt in the $250,000 American National at Balmoral Park July 30 after learning he would receive a bye directly into the final and not have to start in an elimination.

McIntosh's plan backfired when Stonebridge Regal, sent off the 1-5 favorite in the race, could never stay on gait and finished far out of contention. As a result, McIntosh has decided to bypass not only the Jug Preview but the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22.

"He came out of the American National not quite right," said McIntosh. "We worked on him a little bit and he also developed a virus too that put us behind.

"No, no Jug for him," added McIntosh, who added he may start I Zee in the Jug depending on how that colt performs in the Simcoe this weekend at Mohawk. "I didn't want to push him too quick. It just wouldn't be the best thing for the horse. He's good and sound and everything, but I'd have to drill him too hard and get him ready too quick.

McIntosh said he's trained Stonebridge Regal in 2:03 over his farm track and that he plans to qualify the pacer at Mohawk twice before shipping to The Red Mile for Grand Circuit action. "Then the ultimate thing would be the Breeders Crown (at the Meadowlands Nov. 26).

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