Running Stag Unlikely for Woodward; Skimming To Run
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 9/8/2000 7:15:48 PM
Last Updated: 9/10/2000 9:43:10 PM

Due to a minor injury to his left front leg, Richard Cohen's Running Stag is now considered unlikely for the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I), according to assistant trainer Roger Teal. In his most recent start, Running Stag finished sixth in the Arlington Million (gr. I).

"We noticed a little something after Arlington, but it settled down," Teal said. "He probably aggravated it when he got back here. If it's just something like a sprain, all we have to do is give it time. Hopefully, this is not the end of the road. Our goal is still the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)."

Pacific Classic (gr. I) winner Skimming will ship to Belmont Park on Tuesday according to trainer Bobby Frankel. "There doesn't appear to be a lot of speed lined up for the Woodward and that should play to our advantage," Frankel said. "This horse has really stepped up his game over the last few months. I think the older East Coast horses are better than the West Coast's and now is a good time to try our luck against them."

Woodward probable Lemon Drop Kid worked five furlongs at Belmont Thursday, completing the distance in :59.65, the fastest time of 27 works at the distance Thursday. "It was a good work," said Randy Schulhofer, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Scotty Schulhofer. "It looks like he's holding his form very well."

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