Dortmund is ready for his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund will race on the grass for the first time in his career next Saturday, debuting for trainer Art Sherman in the G1 Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita, according to drf.com. The 5-year-old son of Big Brown was transferred from trainer Bob Baffert to Sherman’s barn at Los Alamitos on Jan. 1, when Shah and Baffert had a well-publicized falling out.
Another option for Dortmund on the same card would have been the G1 Triple Bend Stakes, over seven furlongs on the dirt. With sprint specialists Masochistic and Kobe’s Back aimed at the Triple Bend, and the fact that Dortmund had never started in a sprint stake, Sherman opted for the Kilroe Mile. Among those pointed to the Kilroe are Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Ring Weekend, and What a View.
“I got a feeling (the Kilroe Mile) will be a little easier,” Sherman said. “I’ve been wanting to try him on grass.”
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