WATERSHED RETURNS TO STAKES ACTION IN SATURDAY’S ISELIN
makes his first start back in graded stakes company since returning from Dubai in Saturday’s Grade
3, $100,000 Phillip H. Iselin Stakes going a mile and an eighth.
was last seen scoring a length victory in late-running fashion in a $62,000
allowance optional claiming event at Saratoga
on July 25. It was just his second start since returning from at Meydan
Racecoruse in Dubai.
very nice horse and he has been doing great and training well,” said Kiaran
McLaughlin, who conditions the horse for Godolphin Racing LLC. “He doesn’t
break too sharp so we will most likely be sitting just off the pace.”
4-year-old Bernardini colt out of the Dubai Millennium mare Thousand Islands made
two starts in Dubai,
finishing third in the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes and a sixth place finish in the
Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3.
broke his maiden at first asking in a six furlong, maiden special weight event
last August at Saratoga,
where he showed that closing kick after trailing by eight lengths on the
backstretch and going five wide on the turn to grab the four length win.
has worked twice at Saratoga,
where he is based, since the win a month ago. The most recent came on Aug. 19
when he went four furlongs in :49 3/5.
Gallardo will get the mount for the first time aboard Watershed on Saturday.
isn’t the only one in the Iselin field that is
coming off a victory in their last start. Cowboy Rhythm, for Todd Pletcher,
took an allowance optional claiming win over a sloppy main track at Monmouth
while David Jacobson trainee Baccelo is looking for his third straight win
after taking back-to-back allowance optional claiming races, one each at Santa
Anita and Saratoga.
add to his graded stakes resume is Mr. Jordan, for Eddie Plesa Jr., who
took last year’s Grade 3 Pegasus before running in that year’s Haskell
Invitational against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
H. Iselin is set as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30
a.m. with first post at 12:50 p.m.