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McLaughlin Makes Plans for Godolphin Runners

Saratoga grade I winners Emcee, Alpha, Questing, It's Tricky point to Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, following Godolphin's fourth grade I win of the Saratoga meet with Emcee in the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1, talked about the upcoming plans for each of those horses.

Emcee, who came out of his impressive Forego win at Saratoga Race Course in good shape, has a coule of options. The 4-year-old Unbridled's Song colt could run next in the Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park, or instead train up to the Breeders' Cup Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park, McLaughlin said.

The trainer said the six-furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) was the probable choice for Emcee, though the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) also would be considered. He said he wants to discuss it with Simon Crisford, Godolhin's racing manager.

"The difference is that the mile is two turns at Santa Anita," McLaughlin said. "If it was one turn, like at Belmont, we'd be talking more about it, but thinking about two turns, it changes a lot. We're probably better sprinting. It's just that (in the mile) we'd probably be on the lead, and is that where we want to be?"

The matter of a final prep for the Breeders' Cup is also up in the air.

"The Vosburgh is a question mark," McLaughlin said. "That's another thing I'm going to talk to Simon about. Because he did run back in four weeks here, and he had a little gap before that, but we could do either. He'll stay here, (to train at) Greentree."

McLaughlin also confirmed plans for Godolphin's other stakes runners, all of whom are scheduled for fall races ahead of the Breeders' Cup.

Alpha , winner of the Jim Dandy (gr. II) and co-winner with Golden Ticket  in the Aug. 25 Travers (gr. I) dead heat, will head next to Parx Racing for the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 22.

Questing, who annexed the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama (both gr. I) at Saratoga this season, will run in the Cotillion (gr. I) at Parx on the same day as the Pennsylvania Derby.

It's Tricky will be at Belmont on "Super Saturday" for a start in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles.

While Alpha is scheduled for a start in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the Breeders' Cup races for the fillies remain in flux. McLaughlin said he would like to keep them separate at year's end.

"It's Tricky will run in the Beldame, and then we have to talk about seven-eighths (in the Filly and Mare Sprint) or the 1 1/8-mile (Ladies Classic) because of Questing," McLaughlin said. "We'll see how she does. If (Questing) wins impressively again, it might alter It's Tricky's course. We'll see; we have races still to go."