Canadian International On The Table For Idaho After Sword Dancer Disappointment

by | 08.29.2017 | 5:40pm
Idaho galloping at Woodbine Racecourse in October of 2016

The Coolmore partners' 4-year-old Idaho, winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and recent third in the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth, journeyed to the United States last weekend to contest the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga. The Galileo colt left the starting gates as the favorite for the 1 1/2-mile contest, but weakened late to finish sixth under Ryan Moore.

Despite the disappointment, trainer Aidan O'Brien is considering sending Idaho to Woodbine's G1 Pattison Canadian International on Oct. 15, reports Idaho competed in the race last season, finishing fifth and beaten just 2 1/2 lengths overall.

“He's probably going to be best in a good race with plenty of pace on and a good galloping track,” O'Brien said. “It's possible he could go back to Woodbine, but not definite as he went to Woodbine last year and they didn't go much of a pace in front of him. It was a very steady pace.”


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