"I had to work him," trainer Ted H. West said. "He's was getting more aggressive than normal. He always comes out of his races so strong so he's usually ready to get back to work quick."
The long-term goal for the gelded son of American Standard is the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at his home track of Santa Anita, West said. He has proposed a schedule that includes stops in the O'Brien and the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) on Oct. 5 during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.
"The best races he's run for us were close to each other, so that's a good plan I think."
Bluesthestandard, who was claimed for $50,000 back on Dec. 31, has won four of his seven starts for his current connections, including the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), Texas Mile (gr. III) and Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). Overall he's won 14 of his 24 career starts and has earned $554,910.