WPT Duo Prepare for Grade 1 Races
Justwhistledixie and Mr. Fantasy Work in Company over the Weekend
Kiaran McLaughlin caught a little case of Preakness-fever on Saturday. As a result, he decided to work his top three-year-old filly Justwhistledixie in company with one of his top three-year-old colts, Mr. Fantasy. The result, according to McLaughlin, was exactly what he was hoping for.
"I was thinking about Rachel Alexandra running against the boys in the Preakness, so I figured why not," said the trainer of the pair when asked about working them together. "They were both scheduled to work and they both have big spots coming up, so I figured why not let two extremely talented horses work in company. I was glad I did because it really went well." The pair breezed a half-mile in :48.2, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.4. The trainer of the pair said the works were "perfect."
Mr. Fantasy is scheduled to run in next Monday's G1 $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. "He's doing great," said McLaughlin. "We've schooled him in the paddock and he had a great breeze with 'Dixie over the weekend, he's all systems go."
Justwhistledixie, meanwhile, is scheduled to make her next start in the G1 $300,000 Acorn Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day (June 6th). "She's come back from the bruise she suffered so well, it's like she never missed a beat. She's such a classy filly. We're excited about her chances in the Acorn," said McLaughlin.
"It's a great time of year for us," said West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley. "It's exhilarating to have two horses running at the highest level of the sport. We're excited for the horses and for their partners."