Walden Says Bluegrass Cat to Run in Travers

(from Monmouth Park notes)
Elliott Walden, racing manager for WinStar Farm, breeder and owner of Bluegrass Cat, said Wednesday that the colt will run next in the Travers (gr. I) on Aug. 26.

Bluegrass Cat, who became trainer Todd Pletcher's first Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner in a brilliant performance Aug. 6, was back on the track at Saratoga Wednesday morning.

"He got back to Todd's barn (at Saratoga) about midnight on Sunday," Walden said, "and he looks really good. He came out of the Haskell in good shape and, if everything goes well, we'll run in the Travers."

Pletcher had been non-comittal on whether Bluegrass Cat, the runner-up in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), would make the quick turnaround for the Travers.

At Monmouth, the Praying for Cash team was still savoring the thrill of a lifetime. The Kelly Breen-trained colt led for nearly a mile of the Haskell, and held gamely to be second. The grade I placing has raised his value considerably.

"We've had all kinds of calls, all kinds of offers," said Ricky Gallo, who owns the colt in partnership with Bobby Hurley and Pat Scire. "It was really thrilling. About the three-eighths pole, I got this chill when I thought we had a chance to win. And then Bluegrass Cat went by.

"But it was an amazing race, and he ran so well that I'm still smiling," Gallo said.

Breen said he'll wait a while before deciding on the next step.