Last summer, Lael Stables’ No Dozing gave trainer Arnaud Delacour Kentucky Derby dreams with an auspicious beginning to his career. Now, after coming to terms with an early sophomore season that did not go as planned for No Dozing, Delacour has reassessed while maintaining Grade 1 goals for the good-looking son of Union Rags.
“He’s doing great and training very well,” Delacour said. “We are going to run him in the [Grade 1, $ 500,000 H. Allen] Jerkens on Saturday. His last two breezes have been very good at Saratoga and he just worked a half-mile [in 48.79 seconds on Sunday, August 20].
“The cutback to seven-eighths in the Jerkens is probably his game and I think he showed he’s more of a one-turn horse in the Pat Day Mile and last time at Laurel,” he added. “I was disappointed that he wasn’t a two-turn horse on the Derby Trail, but I’m glad he has shown that he is still a quality horse.”
Fourth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and second in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct at two, the Roy and Gretchen Jackson homebred has raced exclusively in stakes company in 2017, including a victory last out in the seven-furlong Concern Stakes at Laurel Park and three graded stakes placings.
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