SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The two best 3-year-olds in America now appear set to clash in, of all places, Canada.
Trainer Neil Drysdale said yesterday that Belmont winner A.P. Indy is a definite starter for the Sept. 13 Molson Million and Travers winner Thunder Rumble is also expected to run. The race is held at Woodbine, a track in suburban Toronto.
A.P. Indy has not raced since the June 6 Belmont, but has resumed training and is set for a course that will take him to the Breeders' Cup.
"It was in the back of our minds to come up there," said Drysdale. "It's an attractive race and the timing is right. He'll be ready to run and the distance is perfect. We thought we should stay in the 3-year-old ranks. Then it was just a matter of timing. This race fits into all the categories."
Trainer Richard O'Connell said that his schedule with New York-bred Thunder Rumble now calls for starts in the Molson, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Breeders' Cup. He said there are other options, but does expect to start in Toronto.
"We're not gunning for him [A.P. Indy] and we're not ducking anybody, either," he said. "But if he stays happy and healthy, it should happen. We're best off going this way and running him twice before the Breeders' Cup."