Saratoga Blues to Run in Spiral; Will Not Point For Kentucky Derby
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:26 PM
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 10:52 AM
Saratoga Blues impressed with his victory in the Whirlaway.
Trainer Tony Dutrow and owner Alvin Akman have agreed not to push the undefeated Saratoga Blues to make the Kentucky Derby, and will point for the Lane's End Spiral Stakes March 23 to determine if the son of Twining is Preakness caliber.
"He's had only three starts, and to be honest, I really don't know what I have yet," Dutrow said. "We don't want to back him up to a mile right now, so we'll run in the Spiral, a decision we're all comfortable with. I won't run him in the Derby off the Spiral and I won't run him in between, so the Derby is not in the picture. We'd have to play catch-up to make the Derby, and I don't want to do it. He still has a lot to prove, and until he does, I don't want to push him that hard. Maybe he's a Preakness horse. And if he is, he'll go into that race the way we want him to. I'm still young, and I don't think this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I'm just not going to beat this horse up trying to make the Derby."
Saratoga Blue has won all three of his starts, including an impressive score in the Whirlaway Stakes. His other victories came in an allowance race at Aqueduct and a maiden romp at Laurel, both late last year.
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