Juddmonte Farms' well-bred Toledo showed promise in the Saturday finale at Aqueduct when sliding up the rail to break his maiden second time out for trainer Chad Brown.
“He did it easily. Chad said that he seems to run much better in the afternoon than he does in the morning,” said Juddmonte Farms' general manager Garrett O'Rourke. “He'll be one of these horses that we just have to keep running to see where we are with him. I like the way that he came up the rail yesterday and found his next gear.”
O'Rourke said Toledo's next start will be up to Brown, but that the colt will likely join his conditioner's winter string at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida.
“I'll leave it entirely in his hands but he'll probably just take him to Florida now,” said O'Rourke. “There's not much pressure. If he were to call me back and decide to go to the Remsen, I wouldn't have a problem with that either.”
O'Rourke said Hidden Scroll, who broke his maiden by 14 lengths at Gulfstream Park in January, is rounding back into form.. The son of Hard Spun finished off-the-board in his two starts on the Kentucky Derby trail in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Hidden Scroll finished third last out against allowance company at Churchill Downs on May 4 and has been training alongside Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott's string at Payson Park in Indiantown, Florida.
“We gave him a break after it seemed like he was going in the wrong direction. He looks magnificent now and is doing super. Bill said, 'so far, so good',” O'Rourke said.
Dual graded stakes winner Tacitus is getting a freshening before making a return to the races as a 4-year-old where he will prepare for the inaugural running of the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 29 at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh. O'Rourke said the son of Tapit would possibly target an allowance event in January prior to the Saudi Cup.
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