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Intending to win from 8 hole

October 14, 2003

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No Pan Intended has a lot of history to contend with in Saturday's Messenger Stakes at The Meadows. Not only is it a tough task in that only nine pacers have been able to secure the Triple Crown since it was first introduced in 1956, but he will try to accomplish the feat in a manner that has never been accomplished before: win from the outside post eight.

Since moving to The Meadows in 1995, there has only been one Messenger heat won by a horse starting from outside post seven. That happened in 1995, when David's Pass won from the eight hole by a short head over a hard-charging CA Connection.

"It's just a little harder to overcome but it will all depend on how the race breaks," said trainer Ivan Sugg from his farm in Deshler, Ohio, on Wednesday morning (Oct. 15). "I don't see it to be too much of a problem but you never know. You don't know how much traffic problems you might get into."

Sugg says that he brought No Pan Intended back to his farm in Northeastern Ohio following his 1:52.2 win in his Messenger elim on Oct. 11. Sugg added that he plans to train him a light trip on Thursday (Oct. 16), and that the sophomore colt "is about the same--he feels good."

"It's not the best spot in the world but we'll have to wait and see what happens," said driver David Miller. "He's coming into the race in real good form. He doesn't have to be on the front to win. That would be the best place to be but he doesn't have to be there. If it doesn't work out that way, he can come off the pace. Hopefully we'll get our way. I am going to leave--definitely."

Draw for Messenger final:

1 Whatanartist

2 Art's Chip

3 Iced Yankee

4 The Globe

5 Coastocoast Yankee

6 Make A Success

7 Allamerican Theory

8 No Pan Intended
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