Turfway Park is gearing up for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). The likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby prep, Lion Tamer
, is expected to arrive at the track near Florence, Ky., by noon on Thursday. He is currently stabled with Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows.
"He has run well, trained well, and finishes his races well," said Pletcher. "You never know until you try them around two turns, but he gives us every indication that he will handle it. It is a good race to see if he can finish strong at 1 1/8 miles. This race will let us know where we are at with him."
Pletcher said he hasn't yet decided on his strategy for Saturday's race. Perhaps Thursday's post position draw could influence his plans.
Another Palm Meadows-based horse, Eugene's Third Son
, is also scheduled to make the trip to Turfway. The colt had his final work Tuesday going five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 for trainer Pat Byrne. Eugene's Third Son is scheduled to be on the flight with Lion Tamer from Florida to Louisville. He will then stay at Churchill Downs until the day of the race.
Another Lane's End contender, Saintly Look
, was to travel Wednesday from Fair Grounds to Churchill Downs, where he will complete preparations for Saturday's race.
"He is ready and will gallop at Churchill prior to the race," said trainer Dallas Stewart. Jockey Shane Sellers worked Saintly Look Monday at Fair Grounds. They covered a half-mile in :48 1/5, according to Stewart.
Still on the fence for the Lane's End is Chicken Soup Kid
. Trainer Bernie Flint said on Wednesday he still hadn't decided between the grade II race and the $100,000 Rushaway on the Lane's End undercard. "We need to see who is coming to dinner for the big race before making a decision," said Flint. "He is here and ready to run, we just don't know where."