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Art Collector Targets Charles Town Classic After Easy Alydar Result – Horse Racing News | Pro Club Bd

Bruce Lunsford’s homegrown Kentucky art collector returned in style from a five-month layoff and collected a 101 Beyer Speed ​​Figure while defending his title in the $135,000 Alydar at Saratoga Race Course.

The 5-year-old Bernardini horse, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, competed in the restricted nine-furlong test for older horses at King Abdulaziz on February 26 after an off-board effort on a tiring course in the Saudi Cup of the Group 1 part circuit.

Luis Saez led Art Collector to the point from the four posts and maintained a moderate pace through three quarters in 1’13.77 with Masqueparade on his cross. Art Collector cruised comfortably through the corner and opened up a 2 1/2 length advantage on the stretch call, finding the wire in hand for a two length score in a 1:51.84 finish time.

Mott said he was pleased with the return of Art Collector, who ended his 2021 campaign with a sixth place finish at the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in Del Mar in November.

“The last two weren’t his best races so it was nice to see him come back,” said Mott. “He looked great this morning.”

Art Collector will now be looking for another title defense on August 26th at the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a race he won by an outstanding performance by 1 1/2 lengths last year.

“We’re going to Charles Town next,” Mott said. “One race after the other. We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves.”

The Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods Olympiad brings a five-race win streak — the last four in ranked events — into the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on Saturday, a nine-furlong test for older horses with a “Win and You’re In” berth for the Class 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The 4-year-old stallion from Speightstown will be competing for the first time against Life Is Good, last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Champion. Olympiad has finished second and has parted ways in each of their last five wins and Mott said he was looking forward to Saturday’s challenge.

“Every race and every situation is new and different. You can never compare two races – they are never identical. That’s the interesting thing about horse racing,” Mott said. “We are in front of a horse called Life Is Good, who is a good horse. He’s skilled and very quick, we know that. It’s about who will be the best in the end.”

Mott-trained Speaker’s Corner, winner of April’s Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, placed second behind Life Is Good in Grade 2 John A. Nerud at Belmont in July, followed by third place on the undefeated Flightline in Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap in June.

Mott said he’s looking forward to the chance to watch Saturday’s Olympiad compete against some of the best older horses in the country including Life Is Good and Grade 1 winner Hot Rod Charlie. Saturday’s challenge marks Olympiad’s second foray into a Grade 1 after he finished fourth in December’s Big A against Whitney rivals Americanrevolution in the Cigar Mile Handicap.

“You never know how good you are until you’ve tried your best, so I think it’s time to get on the plate.” He’s 5-for-5 this year and we’ve got to take them on,” Mott said. “Everyone talks about Life Is Good and Flightline and they are great horses, but the only way we can reverse that conversation and be included in that conversation is to compete against them.”

Olympiad leaves Post 4 in the Whitney under regular pilot Junior Alvarado.

Mott will saddle George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess and Juddmonte Farms British Homebred Petricor at Glens Falls, Grade 2, $250,000, a 12-furlong inner-turf test for older mares and mares.

War Like Goddess, a 5-year-old English Channel mare, was a crucial winner of this tournament last year with a signature end-to-first brush. She last competed in the 12-mile Class 3 Bewitch at Keeneland on April 29, where Breeze Rider hopped through split times of 53.77 and 1:19.88 before Joel Rosario gave her cue to War Like Goddess and Rivals on the eighth pole parted en route to a 1 3/4 score.

“She’s fast. When she spins it to come home, she has good foot rotation and that’s what it takes to be a good turf horse,” Mott said. “You have to be able to sprint three sixteenths or a quarter mile and she has shown that she can do that. An honest pace will always help, but it’s adjusted. Keeneland was probably the slowest pace I’ve ever seen in a graded stakes race and she overcame that.”

Petricor started her career in France with trainer Andre Fabre and completed her debut in Deauville in August 2020 before finishing a close second in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Longchamp in April 2021. She made a successful debut for Mott in April when she ran 1 1/16 miles in a Keeneland allowance but has been off the board on her last two starts while running late.

“We tried running her at shorter distances, which didn’t work, and I think we just felt like it’s time to test her at that distance and see where she fits in,” he said moth “She’s a nice filly and she should be a contender in the race.”

Petricor, a 4 year old Frankel daughter, is out of the Dansili mare Ruscombe, who is a half sister to Brian Boru who won Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster in 2003; and Sea Moon, a multiple Group 2 winner.

War Like Goddess leaves Post 6 to Rosario while Jose Ortiz picks up the mount on Petricor from Post 3.

LRE Racing and JEH Racing Stable’s Casa Creed, winner of Grade 1 Jaipur last held at Belmont on June 11, will blow across the Oklahoma practice turf on Sunday to prepare for his third attempt at the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave on August 13, offering a “Win ​​and You’re In” berth to November’s Breeders’ Cup Mile in Keeneland. 6-year-old Jimmy Creed Bay finished third in both 2020-21.

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