Strapping Groom makes his return to the graded ranks Feb. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $150,000 Toboggan Stakes (gr. III), a six-furlong sprint on the Withers (gr. III) undercard.
- Gray or Roan Colt
- Born 2008
|Jockey||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|Owner||Drawing Away Stable and Jacobson, David|
|Breeder||B. P. Walden, H. Sexton & Giants Causeway Syndicate|
|Praetereo View Five-Cross Pedigree||Giant's Causeway||Storm Cat|
|Deb's Charm||Silver Charm|
|Ms. Cuvee Napa|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Weanling||Shannon Run Stables||Warrendale Sales, agent||$265,000|
|Yearling||Frank Brothers, agent for Starlight Partners||Gainesway, agent||$250,000|
Graydar will take on veteran runners Jackson Bend and Hymn Book and the South American importBrujo de Olleros, in the Sept. 28 Kelso Invitational Handicap (gr. II) hoping to score entry to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
On paper, a decent case can be made for all dozen 3-year-olds entered in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), possibly opening the door for yet another outsider to jump into the Triple Crown mix.