Small-but-select field in $100K Sheppard
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The Art Major colt is trained by John McDermott for co-owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno.
Just Plain Loco (Jim Marohn Jr., post 3) was a 14-1 upsetter in his first race for money, a 1:54 effort at the Meadowlands. The gelded son of Well Said is co-owned by (trainer) Tom Fanning and Paul Lang.
"He's a small horse—maybe the smallest I've ever trained—but doesn't know it," Fanning said. "He's athletic and handy and should move forward off that start."
Treasure Tom (Jason Bartlett, post 4), a Mach Three gelding---the other in the field—enters the Sheppard off a pair of Pocono qualifiers…both with Bartlett driving.
We can't guarantee Larry Bird is going to be in and around Westchester Saturday night, but his nickname sake is. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald, post 2) was a blowout winner in the $11,000 division of Goshen's Landmark Stakes (1:57.3, back half :56.3).
The statebred son of So Surreal is co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico.
Can We Dance (Greg Merton, post 6), trained by Nancy Johansson, is another making his first purse try. The son of A Rocknroll Dance is a half-brother to Sweet Rock, a career earner of more than $611,000. (Yonkers)