Cal Nation is being guided toward the Grade II Jerome Handicap and possibly the Preakness, according to an interview Elliott Walden did with Bloodhorse.com. Most recently, Cal Nation was beaten a nose in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park.
“He came out of the race good,” Walden said. “We were a little disappointed with the outcome at first, but (Dance City) came out of a mile and eighth race and was a little fresher. I think Johnny (Velazquez) was maybe a little too overconfident in the ride too.
“We’ll look at the Jerome and see what happens after that. He could go to the Preakness off of a race like that, just like Bernardini did.”
Walden also said Brethren could possibly go to the Grade I Santa Anita Derby instead of the Grade I Arkansas Derby.