Rupp Racing's multiple Grade 3-winner Owendale will look to make his next in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers at Saratoga, trainer Brad Cox said.
The Into Mischief bay, who captured the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland in April ahead of a rallying third in the Grade 1 Preakness, captured the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 22 at Thistledown. The Ohio Derby score garnered a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure.
Cox said Owendale is training forwardly at Churchill Downs where he has breezed three times since his Ohio Derby score, including a four furlong effort in 48.80 Sunday morning.
“He's definitely possible for the Travers,” said Cox. “We're keeping him at Churchill for the time being and we'll see how things unfold leading up to that. But, that's our goal right now.”
Purchased for $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Cox said the talented bay is improving with each start.
“With his physical makeup, I always thought he would be a horse that would improve as he got older,” said Cox. “He's improved with every race and his works since the Ohio Derby have been good. He's had some nice moves in the morning and is continuing to move in the right direction.”
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