Western Echo is back at Laurel Park after finishing a respectable sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and has his trainer, Bud Delp, weighing options on how to best prepare him for the 1995 Triple Crown.
But first, Delp said yesterday, he's going to run Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's colt in 19 days in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.
Go For Gin won that race last year and went on to win the 1994 Kentucky Derby.
Although Western Echo was beaten 10 lengths by Timber
Country in Saturday's Juvenile, Delp says his horse might have been third or fourth in the race with better racing luck.
The colt was bumped by eventual runner-up, Eltish, at the start, and then was outrun in the stretch when Pat Day, on Timber County, shot through a hole that Edgar Prado, on Western Echo, was also aiming for.
"Edgar told me Western Echo was running fastest of all the horses on the turn, but when he went for that hole, Day had already beaten him to it," Delp said.
Finishing behind Western Echo were three graded stakes winners -- Mr. Purple, Evansville Slew and Talkin Man -- as well as four other 2-year-olds who had won non-graded stakes or had placed in graded stakes company.
Stormy Blues earns rest
The day after finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies stakes, Harriet and David Finkelstein's 2-year-old filly, Stormy Blues, was sent to the Ocala, Fla., farm of Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo for about a monthlong rest.
"She'll stay there until mid-December and then join Scotty Schulhofer's other horses at Gulfstream Park," Harriet Finkelstein said yesterday.
Small strikes again
Three days after beating a D. Wayne Lukas-trained horse in the Breeders' Cup Classic with Concern, Maryland trainer Dick Small has struck again.
Yesterday, the Small-trained Maryland-bred filly, Special Broad, defeated the Lukas-trained Carson Creek by a neck in the $110,000 Grade III Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct.
"She's a little on the nervous side, but she's got a lot of potential," Small said about the daughter of Broad Brush who is owned and bred by Robert Meyerhoff. "These Broad Brushes don't want to lose."
Valley Crossing retired
Valley Crossing, Meyerhoff's 1993 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, has been retired and will stand his first season at stud in 1995 at Bonita Farm in Darlington. The Grade I stakes winner, who earned over $1.6 million, won or placed in 19 stakes and is the fifth-leading state-bred money earner of all time.