Trainer Jorge Navarro said he likes what he has seen so far out of Shancelot, who is unbeaten in two starts, and plans on sending the horse to Saratoga for the Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam on Sunday, July 28.
Owned by Gelfenstein Farm, Albert Crawford and Michelle Crawford, the son of Shanghai Bobby broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park on February 16 over Grade 1 placed Bodexpress and next out winner Fort Worth. Following that effort, he did not race again until June 23, where he bested a field of winners over the main track at Monmouth Park by 6 ¼ lengths, recording a 100 Beyer Speed Figure.
“He's obviously a sprinter. We just figured we'd do the right thing and save him for the other half of the year,” Navarro said.
Navarro compared Shancelot to former trainee Private Zone, who won three graded stakes for Navarro, including the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga in 2015.
“He reminds me of Private Zone,” Navarro said. “He just a fast horse. I haven't got to the bottom of him yet, but everything he does, he does comfortably.”
Bred in Kentucky by Charles Muth and Patrick Murphy, Shancelot is out of the stakes winning Is It True broodmare True Kiss and was a $245,000 purchase from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale last April.
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