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Modern Art qualifies

September 08, 2003

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Woodrow Wilson winner Modern Art made his first start since winning the Meadowlands classic with a 1:55.4 mile in a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning.

Trainer Joe Holloway was in the bike as the Artsplace colt ripped off fractions of :28.4, :57.3 and 1:27.1 en route to the open lengths victory over three other 2 year olds.

Modern Art was turned out for 10 days after his Wilson triumph then jogged lightly before Holloway trained him back up. "I was going to go in (1):55, but it doesn't matter. He's tight enough," Holloway said. "He's just a very, very lazy horse. You've got to chirp to him and holler at him. I'd have to do that if I went in 2:30. He's much better in a horse race."

Holloway is looking forward to the colt's return to racing. "I think he's a great horse, I really do. He's got lots of speed. I know he's the most talented 2 year old I've ever had. Now, if he keeps going on like Jenna (Jenna's Beach Boy) did, then he can do anything."

Holloway has scheduled Modern Art for a late closer Sept. 20 at The Red Mile and then the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes during the track's Grand Circuit meeting.
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