Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm's Global Campaign is scheduled to breeze over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Saturday morning, a week ahead of an anticipated start in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets.
Global Campaign, a sophomore son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, is slated to work at 5:30 a.m. with regular rider Luis Saez aboard. Though stabled adjacent to the main track with trainer Stanley Hough, each of Global Campaign's two previous works July 5 and 13 have come at Oklahoma.
“He's doing good. We've had a foot issue with him that seems to be doing better. He's going to work in the morning and hopefully that will bring him to next Saturday,” Hough said. “He's going to go out early. He's been galloping over here, but I've been breezing him over there. I think it's little bit kinder for his foot.”
Global Campaign has battled nagging issues both before and since his victory in the Grade 2 Peter Pan May 11 at Belmont Park, his most recent race. Each of his first three starts came over the winter at Gulfstream Park, winning his debut and an optional claiming allowance before finishing fifth behind Code of Honor in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.
“He grabbed a quarter very bad and then got over that. Then, when I ran him in New York, he lost his frog and that was another issue,” Hough said. “Then he had a quarter crack that we had to patch, so it's just been one thing or another. But, hopefully it's on the right track.
“He's a very talented horse,” he added. “It's going to be a very tough race, but the only disappointing race he's had was the Fountain of Youth and that's when he [hurt] himself. I don't know how much it affected the actual race, but I believe it did.”
The Jim Dandy would be just the fifth career race for Global Campaign, whose Peter Pan triumph came at the same 1 1/8-mile distance. It also came 10 weeks after the Fountain of Youth; just seven days shorter than the gap since the Peter Pan.
“He's pretty easy to train. He keeps himself pretty fit,” Hough said. “If the foot's not an issue, I don't think the time off will be an issue.”
Hough said that he may reroute Sagamore's Recruiting Ready, nominated to the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on the Jim Dandy undercard, to the West Coast for the Grade 1 Bing Crosby the same day at Del Mar.
Winner of the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint in March, 5-year-old Recruiting Ready was most recently third by a half-length in the Grade 2 True North June 7 at Belmont Park. Both the Vanderbilt and Bing Crosby are run at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.
“The race here looks like it's coming up pretty salty, so I might take him out there unless something happens here,” Hough said. “He's great, and doing well here, too. I bought the horse for Sagamore. He's always been a nice horse. He's 5 years old now and he's been through some surgeries and things but he's doing very good.”
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