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Canadian-bred graded stakes-winner God of Love will look to switch his good type from Tapeta to filth when he ships to Aqueduct Racetrack for the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on Feb. 5.
The nine-furlong check for 3-year-olds is the subsequent native prep on the Highway to the Kentucky Derby, awarding the highest 4 finishers 10-4-2-1 qualifying factors towards the $3 million Kentucky Derby on Could 7 at Churchill Downs.
Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Gary Barber’s God of Love, educated by Corridor of Famer Mark Casse, already is a stakes winner over turf and Tapeta in solely 4 begins. Two begins after capturing the Cup and Saucer in October on the Woodbine turf, the chestnut colt offered his younger sire Cupid with a primary graded-stakes winner when taking the 1 1/16-mile Gray (G3) on Nov. 28 on the Woodbine Tapeta.
“He’s a reasonably good horse. If he can have the identical kind of type on filth that he does on the artificial, he’ll be a pressure. In his final race, he ran a 4.5 Thorograph quantity, which places you proper there,” Casse stated.
One begin previous to the Gray, God of Love completed a troubled fifth within the nine-furlong Coronation Futurity on the Woodbine Tapeta after having to regular a number of occasions.
“He was the favourite in his begin earlier than the Gray and I awarded him worst journey of the 12 months of any horse I ran final 12 months,” Casse stated. “It was a horrible, horrible journey. He checked about three or 4 occasions.”
God of Love joined Casse’s winter division at Palm Meadows Coaching Middle in Florida, the place he has labored 3 times for the reason that Gray. The Withers shall be God of Love’s first race exterior of his native Canada.
“I feel he’ll find yourself being champion 2-year-old in Canada. The explanation I despatched him to Toronto was as a result of he was a Canadian-bred,” Casse stated.
Bred in Ontario by William D. Graham, God of Love is out of the Three Wonders mare No Surprise, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Weemissfrankie, who additionally produced Canadian-bred stakes-winner Muskoka Surprise.
God of Love was a $100,000 buy on the OBS March Sale, the place he was consigned by Golden Thoroughbreds Coaching and Gross sales.
Different possible candidates for the Withers embrace Courvoisier, Smarten Up and Cooke Creek – the highest three finishers of the Jerome – in addition to Jan. 2 maiden winner Constitutionlawyer.