Trainer Rodolphe Brisset is considering a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney Handicap on August 3 at Saratoga for Quip, who ran a game second behind Seeking the Soul in Saturday's Grade 2 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.
Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, the two-time graded stakes winning son of Distorted Humor entered the Stephen Foster off of a narrow victory in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in Arkansas. Prior to the Oaklawn Handicap, he was third in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope on February 23 at Gulfstream Park – his first start since finishing eighth in the 2018 Grade 1 Preakness.
“He came out of the Stephen Foster very well,” Brisset said. “We are coming to Saratoga at the end of the month and the Whitney could work. We have learned a lot about him since he came back after that long break after the Preakness. He likes to run with space between his races. So we'll get him to Saratoga and play it by ear.”
Bred in Kentucky by co-owner WinStar Farm, Quip is out of the Indian Charlie broodmare Princess Ash.
G M B Racing's Tom's d'Etat could also race back in the Whitney trainer Al Stall, Jr. said of the Stephen Foster's third-place finisher.
“It's possible, we haven't made any plans for him but we'll play it by ear,” Stall said. “He came out of the race well so we'll nominate to the Whitney and the [$100,000] Alydar [on August 2 at Saratoga].”
Stall won the 2010 Whitney with eventual Champion Older Horse and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic-winner Blame.
Tom's d'Etat is a lightly-raced 6-year-old bay son of Smart Strike, who has won six of his 12 career starts. His last victory was a win in the Tenacious on December 22 at Fair Grounds.
The Whitney is a “Win and You're In” race for the Breeders' Cup Classic this fall at Santa Anita Park.
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