Hofburg, the Bill Mott-trained colt who was on the Triple Crown trail last year, is set to run his first race of 2019 Thursday at Saratoga.
Hofburg, a son of Tapit owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms, was last seen on the track Oct. 27 at Keeneland, when he finished sixth in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes. Mott told the Daily Racing Form the colt was turned out after that and later developed a foot bruise that delayed his return to the track.
“We're probably a little shy on training, but this race probably won't come back for another month,” Mott said of Thursday's $62,500 allowance option claiming race. Hofburg is listed on the morning line as an even-money favorite in the field of seven set to go to the post for race 9.
Hofburg was runner-up in the 2018 Florida Derby, seventh in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Belmont Stakes. He won the listed Curlin Stakes at Saratoga last July before finishing fourth in the Pennsylvania Derby a couple months later.
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