One On, One Off Derby Trail....
Shagaf to Churchill, Flexibility Not
Chad Brown said today that Shagaf will be shipped to Churchill Downs on April 19 if all goes well to prepare for the Kentucky Derby after finishing fifth in the Wood Memorial on a muddy-sealed track.
Shagaf was the 9-5 post-time favorite and was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr.
"Shagaf didn't really appear to handle the track as well," said Brown. "He made a good move into the turn, he ran up into a wall of horses and he had to pause. When he tried to re-rally again he was very one paced and tired and encountered a lot of mud and kickback. Irad said the track wasn't just for him. So far he looks good this morning. If he has a good week, he'll go to Churchill on the 19th...."
Meanwhile, Brown said Flexibility, who was seventh in the Wood, will go a different direction.
"Flexibility was disappointing, Manny Franco said down the backside he wouldn't handle the inner of the track. He was off the bridle by the midway marker and he had no horse under him at all. We'll regroup with him but for now he's off the Derby trail."
Edited NYRA release