Tracy Farmer's reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets winner Sir Winston returned to trainer Mark Casse's division at Belmont Park on Saturday and will make his 4-year-old debut in a race named after a fellow victor of the 'Test of the Champion'.
The chestnut son of Awesome Again will breeze on Thursday or Friday in preparation for a possible start in the $100,000 Jazil on January 25 at Aqueduct. After spending some time at Casse's training center in Ocala, Florida, Sir Winston shipped to Fair Grounds where he made his first start since winning the Belmont Stakes in the Woodchopper over the turf, finishing off the board.
“The problem was I was trying to get him ready for the [Grade 1, $3 million] Pegasus,” Casse said. “It's not easy to find a spot for a Belmont Stakes winner. No conditions. He's trained well over turf before. I breezed him over firm turf. They got a ton of rain for the race and he just did not handle it. I just wanted to get a useful race under his belt.”
A solid performance in the Jazil could mean a start in the Group 1, $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 28 at Meydan Racecourse. No Belmont Stakes winner has gone on to win the Dubai World Cup the following year.
“He'll probably breeze there either Thursday or Friday and depending on what he does, we'll run him. We're hoping if he goes and runs well we can send him for the Dubai World Cup,” Casse said.
A Kentucky homebred, Sir Winston is out of the Afleet Alex broodmare La Gran Bailadora, who was a three-time stakes winner over the all-weather surface.
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