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Lynch Wanting El Areeb to Relax


Says Workout Went Nine Furlongs

El Areeb breezed Thursday morning at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch, who said the Wood Memorial is still being strongly considered.

Regular rider Trevor McCarthy was up for the work in company with 4-year-old stablemates Winter and Vorticity. El Areeb was credited with a half-mile time of 49.40 (7/14). Winter and Vorticity were each timed in 50.00. Thursday’s move was his second straight in company, having gone four furlongs in 51.40 seconds with Winter on March 17.

“He worked a mile and an eighth and finished up really, really well. We were very pleased. Everything’s good,” Lynch said. “I’ll talk to the owners after his work next week and we’ll make a plan, but it looks like the Wood’s on schedule unless something changes.”

El Areeb is scheduled to work again March 29 and April 4 leading up to the Wood, weather permitting.

“I put him in behind horses today. He was like two or three lengths behind those two horses and then finished up a little stronger than they did,” Lynch said. “I just wanted to make sure Trevor felt the horse relaxing for him. It’s going to be him on him in the afternoon so I just wanted to give him the feel of a race scenario and have him on there to know how he felt. He was very good today. I was very pleased.”

Lynch again referred to the Gotham Stakes, when he said El Areeb went too fast on the lead early i the race.

“I’m pleased with him. We were pleased with how he came out of the race, it was just one of those things with the pace scenario unfortunately,” Lynch said. “He’s always been a nice horse, and he’s continued to be. We’re just optimistic he shows up with a little different pace scenario next time and we’re hopefully looking at a different result.”

Edited Maryland Jockey Club release

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