Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, worked five furlongs at 9 o’clock Monday morning on a “good” main track in 1:00.60 for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the first major steppingstone on the West Coast to the $ 1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.
“I thought he went very well,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the bay colt sired by Malibu Moon out of the Bernstein mare Race to Urga. “He raced in company all the way around with Cool Samurai. He went very nice.”
Cool Samurai also was timed in 1:00.60.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Gormley has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5 when he was seventh after bobbling at the start of the 1 1/16-mile race and went four wide from his number seven post position in a field of 11.
In addition to Gormley, Sham probables include American Anthem, Blabimir, Colonel Samsen and Term of Art.
There were only 32 recorded works on the main track Monday, while nine were recorded on the training track, which was labeled “fast.”
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