Stonerside Stables' homebred Congaree emerged from his three-length victory in Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in good shape, trainer Bob Baffert said, but that no plans have been made for a next start for the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Arazi.
Congaree won the $750,000 Gold Cup by three lengths over Harlan's Holiday in what was his first win at 10 furlongs.
"We're going to let Congaree tell us when he's ready to run again," Baffert said, leaving the door open for a possible run in the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar on Aug. 24.
Baffert did say that New Phoenix Stable and Bob and Susan Roy's Sarava, who hasn't raced since his upset victory in the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is still on target for a probable start in the Pacific Classic. The 4-year-old son of Wild Again worked six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track on Tuesday morning.
"He'll probably start in an allowance race first," Baffert said.
Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman, a winner of his last two races – both allowances at Churchill Downs – will likely start next in the Aug. 3 San Diego Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar, according to Baffert. The $250,000 San Diego is a 1 1/16-mile main track event for 3-year-olds and up and the traditional prep for the Pacific Classic.
Danthebluegrassman worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:10 2/4 handily at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
Upset Swaps Stakes (gr. II) hero During was also reported to be in good shape Tuesday, two days after earning his first stakes victory for owner James McIngvale. Baffert said the son of Cherokee Run has been invited to run in the Aug. 3 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, but the nine-furlong event was just one of several options being considered for the Kentucky-bred colt.