Evening Attire Works; Clark or Cigar Possible
Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2002 5:49 PM
Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2002 5:47 PM
Thomas Kelly's Evening Attire turned in his first workout Saturday since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) two weeks ago.
The Black Tie Affair gelding breezed four furlongs over the Belmont training track in :48.
"I didn't time him, but I didn't think he went that fast," trainer Pat Kelly said. "He's been bouncing around."
Kelly said there is a good chance the Evening Attire, winner of Belmont's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) in early October, could race at least one more time this year. Two races under consideration are Aqueduct's $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 30, and Churchill Downs' $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 29.
"It all depends on everything," Kelly said. "It's only been two weeks since he ran. There's a lot of money out there. It'd be a shame to leave it all on the table."
The Cigar Mile, New York's last Grade 1 race of the year, is a one-turn mile. Evening Attire, however, has always been considered a better two-turn horse that excels in races longer than eight furlongs.
"I don't know if I'd turn him back to a mile," Kelly said. "I don't know how he'd run in a race like that."
Fox Ridge Farm Riskaverse, a troubled seventh in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will not start again this year, Kelly said.
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