Following their respective recent victories over the main track at Churchill Downs, trainer Stanley Hough plans on sending allowance winner Scars Are Cool and five-time stakes winner Recruiting Ready to Aqueduct Racetrack for graded stakes action.
Scars Are Cool, a chestnut sophomore son of Malibu Moon, will point towards the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery set for November 30 at the Big A after a victory over a sloppy Churchill Downs main track, where he was bumped at the start, sat three lengths off of a slow pace, lacked racing room at the top of the stretch but was good enough to overcome the negative circumstance and notch a victory against winners.
“I do plan on bringing him up there. We just hope it all works out,” Hough said.
Owned by Sagamore Farm, Scars Are Cool broke his maiden over the Louisville oval going the Discovery's 1 1/8-mile distance before finishing a distant ninth in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers to Code of Honor.
Recruiting Ready, who won last Saturday's Bet On Sunshine at Churchill Downs, will point towards the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight at the Big A on Thanksgiving Day, November 28.
Also owned by Sagamore, the 5-year-old Algorithms bay led at every point of call in last Saturday's stakes triumph. Despite producing swift fractions up front, he managed to draw off by 3 ¾ lengths while registering a Beyer Speed Figure of 101 – his fourth triple digit figure this year.
“It's coming back a little quick but we're keeping our fingers crossed,” Hough said.
Recruiting Ready is no stranger to stakes success at Aqueduct having won last year's Gravesend in frontrunning fashion. He will be targeting his second graded stakes win in the Fall Highweight having won the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint on March 2 in South Florida.
Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, Recruiting Ready is out of the unraced Strong Hope broodmare Need and comes from the same family as graded stakes winners Bolt d'Oro and Global Campaign, the latter of which is also owned by Sagamore.
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