Sir Winston Will Ship To Florida, Acclimate To Warmer Weather Before Dubai World Cup

Following a triumphant return to action in a January 31 allowance race at the Big A, Tracy Farmer’s reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston returned to the work tab on Friday when recording a half-mile breeze in 48.74 seconds over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for the Group 1, $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 28 at Meydan Racecourse.

The move was the seventh fastest of 45 recorded breezes at the distance.

Trained by Mark Casse, the Awesome Again chestnut cut back to a one-turn mile in his recent effort, where he broke last of seven, came under urging at the seven-sixteenths and outclassed his rivals to win by 2 ¼ lengths while garnering a 93 Beyer Speed Figure.

Sir Winston will complete his Dubai World Cup training at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., Casse said.

“We just wanted him to go out there and stretch his legs a bit,” Casse said of Sir Winston’s Friday morning work. “We’re getting him ready for South Florida and he’ll likely arrive either Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Casse noted the warmer climate in South Florida as the primary reason for shipping Sir Winston to Palm Meadows for his final Dubai World Cup preparations.

“We’ll get him closer to some heat,” Casse said. “I’d love to leave him in New York because he likes it up there, but we think with the weather in Dubai it’s best to get him acclimated to a somewhat similar environment.”

Casse said Tyler Gaffalione, who piloted War of Will and Got Stormy to Grade 1 victories for the trainer last year, will have the call aboard Sir Winston in the Dubai World Cup.

Elsewhere, Casse reported that Untitled, a recent second in a Friday Tampa Bay Downs allowance event to promising Grade 1-placed Gouverneur Morris, will likely ship to Aqueduct for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham on March 7. The Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 Derby qualifying points to the top-four finishers.

Owned by Gary Barber and Michael Sebastian, the Florida-bred son of second-crop sire Khozan was a first-out winner for former trainer Ralph Nicks when gliding home to an 11-length win at Gulfstream Park on December 14 before finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Swale.

In his last out two-turn debut, Untitled was in front from his outside post, set a moderate tempo and dug in gamely down the stretch but was unable to fend off the Todd Pletcher-trained Gouverneur Morris.

“We were really happy with his performance,” Casse said. “He’s another horse that breaks a little bit slow, but I was proud of the effort he gave us. Todd’s horse is obviously a nice horse.”

Other possible candidates for the one-turn mile Gotham include War Stopper, Sixto, Shotski, Montauk Traffic, Mischevious Alex and Informative.

Casse also spoke highly of first out 6 ½-furlong maiden winner Patrol, who took the Saturday opener at the Big A, earning a 68 Beyer on debut.

Owned by Barber in partnership with Erik Johnson’s ERJ Racing, the son of second crop stallion Liam’s Map tracked the pace and dropped back to third before receiving his cue from jockey Dylan Davis around the far turn and made a move in between horses and won by 1 ½ lengths.

Casse said Patrol is not likely for stakes action next out and will target a first-level allowance event.

“He’s a very nice horse and he should do better as he runs further,” Casse said. “We expected him to run well, which he did.”

On Saturday evening at Fair Grounds Race Course, royally-bred graded stakes winner Enforceable collected 20 more qualifying points towards the ‘Run for the Roses’ when finishing second in the Grade 2 Risen Star, which was won in gate-to-wire fashion by Mr. Monomoy.

Owned by John Oxley, the winner of the Grade 3 Lecomte at the New Orleans oval is third on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 33 points and will remain with Casse’s Fair Grounds division for Louisiana Derby on March 21.

“He got away from the gate a little slow. Mr. Monomoy went out there on an easy lead and kind of stole the race,” Casse said. “Unfortunately for us, we’re a bit dependent on pace. He’s still learning. He had to make a couple of different moves yesterday. Julien [Leparoux] had sensed the pace was slow.”

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