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Soph hoping to rebound

July 13, 2004

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Trainer Joe Holloway didn't mince words when asked Tuesday morning (July 13) by The Horseman about Modern Art's disappointing fifth-place effort in last Saturday's Meadowlands Pace elims. "He raced like crap," Holloway said candidly.

Following a juvenile campaign in which he had six wins and six seconds in 13 starts, including victories in the Woodrow Wilson final and divisions of the Niatross and Bluegrass and a runner-up season-ending effort in the Breeders Crown, Modern Art was considered one of the winter-book favorites to lead his sophomore division in 2004. And after winning his first three starts, including the $500,000 New Jersey Classic, it appeared the predictions were correct.

But then Modern Art hit a bump in the road when he finished fifth in his North America Cup elim at Woodbine and failed to make the $1.6 million(C) final. He then finished fourth in a New Jersey Sire Stakes contest at the Meadowlands, and then followed that up with his fifth in the Meadowlands Pace elim and failure to earn a spot in the $1 million final, an obvious disappointment to Holloway.

"Obviously, the tough trip hurt us and now we're behind the eight ball," said Holloway, who is planning on starting the son of Artsplace in one of the Pace consolations Saturday night at the Big M. "That was really the worst race he's gone. It was nobody's fault but his this time."
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