“We are fortunate to be in a position to have a horse that can compete with the best in the world,” he said. “This is a very important decision for us, so we want to take our time and consider all the pros and cons. I had a chance to see Student Council at Keeneland three times this past week. He looks outstanding, and we feel good about our chances in either race.”
Bred by Lane’s End Farm out of the Kris S. mare Class Kris, Student Council was purchased by Millennium from Lane's End owner Will Farish in August. Steve Asmussen trained him up to the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup, in which he took the lead in the stretch and pulled away to a 1 ¼-length victory over Jonesboro in the 1 ¼-mile event. Just six weeks earlier, trainer Vladimir Cerin saddled the horse to a 23-1 upset in the $1 million Pacific Classic.
Jockey Richard Migliore was aboard for both rides and will have the call for Student Council’s next race, wherever that may be. With his win in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, the 5-year-old has now won seven of 22 starts, earning more than $1.1 million.