Veteran Maryland horseman Tom Voss confirmed Saturday that Trillium Stable's 4-year-old gelding Dreadnaught, winner of Aqueduct's Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) last out, will be on a van this week bound for Calder Race Course and Saturday's $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT).
The son Lac Ouimet appears likely to be the starting high weight and one of the choices in the 1 1/2-mile turf event, a highlight of the track's $600,000 Grand Slam II on Saturday.
"(Jean Luc) Samyn will be there to ride him," said Voss from his Atlanta Hall Farm near Monkton, Md. "It's not something I would normally do (ship a horse to run in Florida in the winter), but he's doing so well now, I thought we'd try it. I've run a few jumpers down there in the winter, but not one on the flat."
Dreadnaught finished second in steeplechase races at Fair Hill and Colonial Downs this spring as a maiden jumper, although he won a pair of races on the flat at Delaware Park last year.
"This horse (Dreadnaught) jumped well and will have a future (as a jumper after his flat career)," said Voss. "