Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry's Mr Havercamp, who stalked a swift early pace set by Gidu before pouncing to a half-length score in Friday's Grade 3 Forbidden Apple, could return to Saratoga in search of his first Grade 1 score in the $500,000 Fourstardave slated for August 10. The Fourstardave is a “Win and You're In” contest for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
The Ontario-bred son of Court Vision, trained by Catherine Day Phillips, earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure for his impressive return from a seven-month layoff.
“It's a very legitimate Beyer. He ran a great race,” said Day Phillips. “He came out of the race really well. He shipped home last night. He was a little excited after the race and feeling good, but he settled down and ate his dinner. He arrived in Toronto at 4 a.m.”
Day Phillips has saddled three starters at the Spa, including two attempts at the Grade 3 Saranac, winning with Jambalaya in the 2005 renewal and a fifth in 2017 with Mr Havercamp. Day Phillips said the multiple graded-stakes winning Mr Havercamp, who earned Sovereign Award honors last year in his native land as Champion Turf Male and Champion Older Horse, could target the one-mile Fourstardave contested on the same inner turf as the Forbidden Apple.
“I think you have to consider it,” said Day Phillips. “He obviously enjoys the course and the trip works for him. It's definitely on the radar. We'll nominate and see how he comes out of the race and go on from there.”
Day Phillips said Mr Havercamp remains in consideration for the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile on September 14, and that the dark bay could also use the Grade 3 Seagram Cup slated for August 11 on the Tapeta at Woodbine as a possible prep race.
“The ultimate goal is the Woodbine Mile, which is what took us to the Forbidden Apple” said Day Phillips. “Backing up to the Seagram or the Fourstardave on the same weekend – it would be between those two races. The timing works for us and we'll keep our focus on the Woodbine Mile.”
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