Globetrotting Toast of New York completed the final leg of his journey from England Saturday afternoon and settled in at Gulfstream Park, where he will compete in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) on Jan. 27.
Toast of New York was flown from England to Miami on Jan. 18 and spent the required 48 hours in quarantine. Once he was released from the USDA facility at the Miami International airport at 4 pm, he was loaded on a van for the 20-mile ride to the track. He walked off the van at 5:32 pm and began his stay in the isolation barn at the track by rolling around in the shavings in his stall.
Jimmy McCarthy, an assistant to trainer Jamie Osborne, who is Toast of New York's exercise rider, accompanied the 7-year-old on the trip from England. He said the roll in the stall is a standard move by the horse.
McCarthy said the journey from Osborne's barn went smoothly and that Toast of New York typically behaves well.
“He's pretty good, most of the time. He's pretty chilled out,” McCarthy said. “He's a good traveler. He's a good tourist. He's done plenty of it. He's pretty good on the road.
The Pegasus will be the second start in a remarkable and improbable comeback by Toast of New York, who was the runner-up by a nose in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). Purchased by Al Shaqab Racing after that big performance at Santa Anita Park, he sustained a tendon injury while training for the 2015 Dubai World Cup and was retired.
Toast of New York stood at stud in Qatar in 2016, covering approximately 15 mares. When veterinarians discovered that the tendon injury had healed, Al Shaqab officials decided to see whether he could resume training and re-enter competition. He was sent back to England and put into an exercise program to improve his fitness. In March 2017, he was sent back to Osborne, who had handled the horse when he won the UAE Derby (G2) and finished second in the Pacific Classic (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
After he won a race at the Lingfield track in England on Dec. 6, plans were made for competing in the second running of the Pegasus World Cup.
“He's been very good. He took the run pretty well,” McCarthy said. “All his works since have been good. He's been doing all the things that he used to do. Where that puts him, we'll find out. We're very happy with him.”
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