OXO Equine's Instagrand made a solid return to action with a third-place effort in the Gotham picking up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Instagrand arrived at the Gotham from an August 11 score in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar. The Into Mischief bay, bred in Kentucky by Stoneway Farm, stretched out to a mile for the first time in the Gotham, chasing the hot pace set by Much Better from third position and staying on to complete the trifecta behind Haikal and Mind Control.
“It was a very good effort off the long layoff. We're very pleased,” said Hollendorfer. “It showed a different dimension and that makes it all the much better.”
Hollendorfer said Instagrand came out of the race in good order.
“He was fine this morning. His legs were cold, and he jogged down the road good,” said Hollendorfer.
A $1.2 million purchase at Fasig-Tipton's 2018 The Gulfstream Sale, Instagrand will head back to California while Hollendorfer considers his next stop on the Kentucky Derby trail.
“We're nominated all over the country, so we'll figure it out. I think he should be considered for being on the Derby trail,” said Hollendorfer.
Hollendorfer also sent out Shivermetimbers on the Gotham Day undercard to finish a good third in the $150,000 Stymie.
“He got left in the gate, but it was a very good effort,” said Hollendorfer.
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