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McLaughlin Deems Cairo Prince Work "Perfect"

2/15/2014

By Dick Downey
@DowneyProfile


Cairo Prince breezed four furlongs in :48.75 (16/83) at Palm Meadows Saturday morning, his first move since winning the Holy Bull Stakes. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the move went very well.

The workout took place  under a tight hold by motionless exercise rider Rob Massey. McLaughlin has targeted  the Florida Derby for Cairo Prince's next start.

“It really went well; it went perfect. We were looking for :49 or :50 , and we got :48-and-3. He looked great doing it,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll most likely work him every Saturday from now on, although we may take one Saturday off, because there are a lot of Saturdays between now and March 29.”

McLaughlin said keeping his exciting prospect “happy and healthy” was is main objective.

“The Holy Bull was quite an impressive race by all figures. These horses aren’t machines. You can’t run them every four weeks, even if you want to,” McLaughlin said. “We just thought we’d wait – the best chance to get ready for the Florida Derby is wait.”

 

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