Globetrotting Long On Value Takes Aim At Woodbine Mile

Long On Value already has done some serious traveling this season with trips to Dubai and England stamped on his passport.

The Value Plus bay is scheduled to make the relatively minor jaunt from his Sarotoga home base for the 21st running of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 16.

“We started thinking about it after he pulled up from his last race,” said Mott, who had watched Long On Value finish a closing third in the Grade 2 Troy Handicap at 5 ½-furlongs over the Saratoga turf on Aug. 6.

“He gets a mile, and we just decided this is what we want him to do.”

While Long On Value has been sprinting of late, the 6-year-old horse has won two stakes at one mile and one at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Those successes came in the one-mile Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park, the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita, and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Cup at Gulfstream Park.

“If he'll settle early, he'll generally close pretty well,” said Mott.

Mott also believes that Long On Value has taken his globetrotting in stride despite having just two months between his races at Meydan and Ascot and then six weeks to his latest at Saratoga.

“He traveled well; it was no issue for him,” said Mott. “He ran a big race, when he came back.”

Joel Rosario has ridden Long On Value in his last eight starts, beginning with a victory in last year's 5 ½ furlong Lucky Coin at Saratoga which remains their last success.

Rosario and Mott will be teaming up in the Woodbine Mile for the third time after finishing fourth, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Tepin, with 7.90 third choice Full Mast last year and second, between a half-length by Mondialiste, with 2.30-1 favourite Lea in 2015.

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