ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — During Friday morning training, Ignacio Correas – trainer of CALVADOS – announced to Daily Racing Form and to social media he would scratch his charge from Saturday’s G3 $350,000 American St. Leger. CALVADOS in his last start was a troubled third in the G3 Stars & Stripes on Million Preview Day a month prior. While the incident was noted during training hours at Arlington, Correas was not present for the Million Festival as he’s stabled at Churchill Training track.
“He tied up pretty bad.” said Correas to Picks & Ponderings in describing his reasons for defection. “Nothing major and we won’t ship”, further stated Correas as he had been training at Churchill’s Training surface. Correas naturally stated that “the timing was [sic] worst it can be. He seems to like that track [Arlington] a lot.” The seven-year-old Argentinian-bred son of Snipewalk out of Payant mare Compagne had drawn post nine in the three turn grass race and was quoted at 8-1 on the morning line.
The undeterred Correas stated how his charge appreciates longer races, but will “find a mile or mile and an eighth allowance” at Kentucky Downs or Churchill in September. When asked about The G3 Kentucky Turf Cup, another race at the twelve furlong trip, Correas said he’d nominate CALVADOS but it was doubtful he’d go in that event over Kentucky Downs’s undulating sod.
The mile category allowance would likely be used as a prep race to the October 15 G3 Sycamore, a twelve furlong three-turn turf race during Keeneland’s fall meet. Correas noted to Picks & Ponderings how his charge seems to handle longer distances better.
Correas, who was looking forward to putting CALVADOS on the truck to Arlington, plans to scratch but has mind on the future. Along with the aforementioned Fall campaign, Correas stated how “we’ll try to come back for the G3 Stars and Stripes [in 2016].”
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