Hronis Racing’s Higher Power, third in last year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita, could get an audition Saturday for this year’s Classic to be run here Nov. 7.
“He may go in the (Hagyard) Fayette (G2) if he trains well or he could straight into the Classic,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler. “The main goal in coming here early was to get him acclimated. The last time he shipped was to Gulfstream Park (for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational-G1), and he didn’t acclimate well at all.”
Entries for the Hagyard Fayette will taken Wednesday.
“It seems like he enjoys it here,” Leyva said of Higher Power, who worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday.
Higher Power is a graduate of Keeneland’s 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
Leyva also said another Sadler runner, Karen and Paul Eggert’s Ollie’s Candy, runner-up in Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1), remains on track for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) here Nov. 7. Ollie’s Candy is to be offered during the prestigious Book 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 9.
“She had a rough trip Sunday,” Leyva said. “She was bottled up on the inside, where she doesn’t like to be, and ate a lot of dirt. She made her move, but it was a little too late.”
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