Al Shaqab Racing’s Grade I Arlington Million runner Mekhtaal (GB), trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for his start in Chicago, will stay in North America under the care of Graham Motion to pursue a campaign in the United States for the remainder of the year. The 4-year-old son of Sea The Stars (IRE) is a Group I winner in France who was making just his 10th career start when he finished near the rear of the field in the Million.
“I didn’t quite realize how awkward the outside position was at the start of the race,” said Motion. “It affected my horse (Ascend) some, but I think Frankie (Dettori, aboard Mekhtaal) got the worst of it.”
The colt shipped by van Sunday morning from Arlington International Racecourse to Maryland where he will join Motion’s string at Fair Hill Training Center. Motion said they may look at the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Sept. 30 as a possible next start.
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