Kingsbarns (JennyPhoto/Past The Wire)
NYRA Press Office
ELMONT, N.Y.— Spendthrift Farm’s general manager Ned Toffey said graded stakes winner and Kentucky Derby alumnus Kingsbarns remains a possibility for either the Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course or the previous week’s Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Kingsbarns was narrowly defeated by Salute the Stars in the last-out Pegasus on June 17 at Monmouth after running 14th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. The son of Uncle Mo captured his first three starts heading into the Kentucky Derby, including the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on March 25 Fair Grounds Race Course.
“We’re freshening him a little bit, keeping some options open,” Toffey said. “There’s the Haskell and the Jim Dandy and we’ll look at those, but we’ll talk with Todd and just keep things open. Obviously, it gets pretty tough with fewer spots for these good 3-year-olds. You won’t find too many soft spots. We still think he’s a nice horse and he should move forward off his last race.”