Former Navarro Sprinter Shancelot Heading To Asmussen Stable

Shancelot, who won the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga last summer for recently indicted trainer Jorge Navarro, will be joining the Steve Asmussen stable sometime in May, according to Michelle Crawford, who with husband Albert owns the 4-year-old Shanghai Bobby colt in the name of Crawford Farms Racing.

Shancelot has been at Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) in Versailles, Ky., since mid-February for treatment of what Crawford described as a “10 percent” tear in a tendon. He had been preparing for a start in the inaugural Saudia Cup Sprint at King Abdulaziz racetrack in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29 but Crawford said she and her husband sent him to KESMARC because of their dissatisfaction with how Shancelot had been training.

“He had treatment at KESMARC and has been rehabilitating there,” she said. “He’s doing very well and has been under tack. They said he’s a couple of weeks away from going back to the track.”

Shortly after Shancelot left Navarro’s stable at Gulfstream Park West, the trainer was among 27 people indicted on federal charges of misbranding and drug adulteration conspiracy charges as part of a major horse racing doping investigation by the FBI.

Crawford declined to comment about Navarro or two harness trainers she and her husband have employed, Nick Surick and Christopher Oakes, who also were named in the indictment. The Crawfords own a major standardbred breeding and racing operation based in Durhamville, N.Y.

Shancelot, purchased by Juan Pacanins, agent, for $245,000 at the 2018 OBS March Sale of 2-year-olds in training, raced for the Crawfords and Ivan Rodriguez’s Gelfenstein Farm when he debuted for Navarro in February 2019, defeating Bodexpress in a seven-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park. He won an optional claiming race at Monmouth Park in June, then won Amsterdam by 12 ½ lengths last July 28, going 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.01, setting fractions of :21.79, :43.94 and 1:07.83 along the way.

Beaten two noses while third in the G1 Allen Jerkens Stakes on Aug. 24, Shancelot then finished second to Omaha Beach in the G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes Oct. 5. Between that race and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 2, in which Shancelot finished second to Mitole as the betting favorite, the Crawfords bought out Gelfenstein Farm’s interest.

Crawford said the decision to give Shancelot to Asmussen was based on his handling of Mitole throughout 2019. Winner of six of seven races in 2019, including four G1 races, Mitole was voted an Eclipse Award as outstanding sprinter.

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