Suave Back in Training for McGee at Churchill

(from Churchill Downs notes)
Jay Em Ess Stable's Suave, a disappointment at Gulfstream Park's winter meeting, is back in training for trainer Paul McGee at Churchill Downs.

Suave has not competed since he finished sixth to Harlington as the favorite in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) on March 4. Prior to that outing, Suave had finished sixth as the favorite to Brass Hat over a "sloppy" track in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at the Florida track.

The 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy had an easy half-mile breeze in :52 3/5 over a "muddy" track on May 12. McGee said a bid for the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on June 17 is unlikely.

"That'd be asking too much of him off the layoff," said McGee. "I might nominate him, but he's very doubtful for the Foster."

Last year Suave was runner-up to Magna Graduate in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) and fifth to "Horse of the Year" Saint Liam in the Breeders' Cup Classic powered by Dodge (gr. I).

There are other options over Suave's home track in the second half of 2006, not the least of which is the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the main event on the Breeders' Cup World Championships program at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

McGee is taking his time as he plots his star's campaign.

"We're just going to breeze him a few more times and then slowly think about it," he said.

The veteran horse has a career record of 5-6-2 in 23 races and earnings of $1,124,583.