Trainer Greg Sacco was planning to send Grade 1 winner Mind Control to Oklahoma for Remington Park's Springboard Mile on Dec. 16, but told horseracingnation.com on Monday that he would re-route the son of Stay Thirsty to Aqueduct's G3 Jerome on Jan. 1 instead. The primary reason for the change, said Sacco, was the amount of travel that Mind Control would have to endure to get to Remington Park.
“We had flown him to Kentucky the first time and he came up with a temperature,” said Sacco, describing the colt's last-minute withdrawal from the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. “We'd flown him back and actually the second flight (back to Kentucky for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile) wasn't great. He was a little funny after flying the second time, but then settled in nicely at Churchill. Our thought process was just letting him get back on his feet and the Jerome is just an easy 15-minute van ride from Belmont to Aqueduct.”
On Monday morning, Mind Control breezed five furlongs in 1:01.55 over the training track at Belmont Park, galloping out six furlongs in 1:14. Sacco has not decided on a plan for the colt following the Jerome, but the options are between Kentucky Derby preps in Florida or remaining on the Derby trail in New York.
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