NEW YORK (AP) Scorpiancer won the final major prep before the Grand National, taking the $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths Thursday at Belmont Park.
The $350,000 Grand National on Oct. 15 at Far Hills, N.J. is the nation’s leading steeplechase race.
It wasn’t an easy trip for the 3/5 favorite after lagging in seventh entering the far turn.
“I was worried, to be honest,” winning trainer Jack Fisher said. “I was a little concerned, but he kept coming.”
The 7-year-old gelding bred in Ireland rallied six wide in the stretch to catch the pacesetting Charminister and edge clear for his fourth victory in 13 starts over hurdles.
Sean McDermott was aboard for the 2 1/2 miles in 4:46.69.
Scorpiancer paid $3.40, $2.90 and $2.20.
Jamarjo got second, returning $3.80 and $2.40. Charminister held on for third, paying $3 to show.
LAUREL, Md. (AP) El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.
Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.
El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.
Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.
“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.
The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.
Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.
Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.