Keats is Possible Donn Starter
Date Posted: 2/1/2002 4:47:28 PM
Last Updated: 2/1/2002 7:06:17 PM

Trainer Niall O'Callaghan is on the fence about sending Keats, winner of last year's Lexington Stakes (gr. II), to the Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9 or the Whirlaway Stakes on Feb. 10.

"I'm going to work him at Payson next Monday or Tuesday and will probably I'll decide after that," O'Callaghan said. "Maybe it will come to me in a premonition at 3 o'clock in the morning where i'll wake up and a voice will tell me to start Keats in the Donn."

Keats is owned by Henry Pabst. His last start was in a $38,000 optional claiming race Jan. 4 at Gulfstream Park where he won by 10 1/4 lengths. That race was his first start since finishing third in a $50,700 allowance race Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs.

Meanwhile, trainer James Bond is still undecided as to his possible Donn starters, Mongoose and Ubiquity.

"They've both been pointed in that direction," said Bond late this week, when asked to update their status for the Donn. "They both may start in the Donn, or I may just start one of them."

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