Mongolian Stables' 2015 Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday drilled Friday over the main track at Arlington International Racecourse in preparation for his next start in the 5½-furlong Grade II $200,000 Woodford at Keeneland on Oct. 7. The 7-year-old son of Any Given Saturday returned to his barn at the Chicagoland oval following his runner-up effort in the Grade III Turf Monster Stakes at Parx on Sept. 4, a race he won last year before tackling his second Breeders' Cup. Trainer Enebish Ganbat confirmed the 2017 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November is their goal.
“Green Mask being out changes things a bit, I think he is a very nice horse,” said Ganbat of the multiple graded-stakes winner who was retired following injury last week. “Pure Sensation will be the one to beat.”
Mongolian Saturday has finished second to Christophe Clement-trained Pure Sensation twice this season, including in his most recent start at Parx. Logging his first official work in three months, the Mongolian owned and trained gelding breezed three furlongs on the Polytrack in 37.60 seconds on Sept. 22.
“He needed to work before his next race,” said Ganbat. “He likes a bit of give in the ground, which is why I think he likes the course at Keeneland and Parx. I'm not sure how he'll like Del Mar if it's very fast.”
The Grade I $1,000,000 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint will be run over five furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Mongolian Saturday finished ninth of 14 in the 2016 edition at Santa Anita Park, when the race was run at 6½ furlongs down the hill. It was contested at 5½ furlongs at Keeneland in 2015.
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