Domestic Dispute May Try Turf at Oak Tree

Grade II winner Domestic Dispute may make his turf debut in the Oct. 5 Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT), trainer Paddy Gallagher said. The 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song last finished ninth in the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) in his first start since the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

"We may try him (in the Oak Tree Derby)," Gallagher said. "He worked on the turf the other day pretty well (five furlongs in 1:02 1/5). We'll work him again next week and see."

Dave Bienstock and Charles Winner purchased Domestic Dispute from his breeder, Gary Garber, about a week before the Run for the Roses. Previously the Kentucky-bred won the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) and placed in three other black-type events, including the Lexington Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year and the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) as a juvenile.

He's earned $280,687 from a record of 12-2-2-2.

Gallagher also revealed that Sunshine Millions Turf winner Adminniestrator arrived back from the farm on Wednesday and will begin preparations for a 2004 campaign, which could include the San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) and the San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT).

"He came out of his last race (an eighth-place finish in this year's San Juan Capistrano) with a little swelling in his ankle, so we gave him the summer off and he's doing very well now. We don't have any plans for him, but I imagine we'll look for the San Luis Rey or the Capistrano or something like that."

Adminniestrator was claimed by Gallagher on behalf of Nico Nierenberg in June 2001 and since then has gone on to win three races, including the Sunshine Millions and the Quicken Tree Stakes. From 36 starts, the gelded gray son of Incinderator has won nine times with eight seconds and three thirds for earnings of $740,101.

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