Performer wins at Belmont off 11-month layoff; Cigar Mile subsequent?

Performer wins at Belmont off 11-month layoff; Cigar Mile next?

Performer wins at Belmont off 11-month layoff; Cigar Mile next?

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The 4-year-old colt Perfomer accomplished a comeback from an 11 month layoff with a convincing allowance win at Belmont Park on Saturday to document his fifth consecutive victory. The son of Speightstown, who’s educated by Corridor of Famer Shug McGaughey, was bred by Phipps Steady and races together with Claiborne Farm.

Performer had final run in November when he received the Discovery (G3) at Aqueduct towards a area that included the 2019 Jim Dandy winner Tax. A minor ankle challenge after that win, together with COVID-19 observe closures, lengthened his layoff.

“He had been coaching effectively. It’d been a cease, go, and cease 12 months. He was going to run within the Carter on Wooden Memorial Day in June,” defined McGaughey. “Then we needed to cease with him to deal with some issues.”

Performer broke alertly within the one-turn mile on a muddy and harrowed observe and was settled in third on the rail by common rider Joel Rosario. Rosario waited confidently and simply moved Performer to the lead by the quarter pole earlier than drawing off to win by two-lengths. Performer accomplished the journey in a fast time of 1:33.93 whereas being geared down within the closing 100 yards.

“I used to be very very happy with what I noticed,” McGaughey stated. “He got here again and ran his race right now.”


Now a begin within the Cigar Mile (G1) on Dec. 5 at Aqueduct is a definite chance for Performer, who improves to 5 wins and a 3rd from six profession races.

“If he comes again out of this race good, that was form of what our plans are,” stated McGaughey. “With all the things being equal hopefully we are able to have a 5-year-old 12 months with him. Beginning the 12 months that actually wasn’t our plan however we bought curtailed with the Covid, now that’s a very good chance.”

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