Dortmund was reportedly retired from racing in April of 2017, but the giant chestnut returned to training with Art Sherman at Los Alamitos in July. Apparently, the brief respite from the racetrack life reinvigorated the 5-year-old son of Big Brown. Sherman told bloodhorse.com that jockey Gary Stevens breezed Dortmund a mile at Los Al in 1:41 4/5 on Thursday, and returned saying the horse felt “better than he has for a long time.”
Though owner Kaleem Shah has not made a final decision, it is possible that Dortmund could return to the races as soon as the Sept. 30 Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. The contest is a “Win and You're In” for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
“He's a lot stronger horse than he was earlier this year,” Sherman said. “He needed a little break, and he got it.”
The two-time Grade 1 winning millionaire has not won a race since the G3 Native Diver in November of 2015, but Dortmund consistently placed in graded company in 2016. His two 2017 starts under Sherman's name were not as stellar, including a sixth-place finish in the G1 Kilroe Mile, his first start on the grass, and a dull fourth-place effort in the listed Santana Mile back on the dirt.
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