Coolmore have another potential star in Havana
Last Updated: 06/10/13 8:35am
Todd Pletcher: Eyes on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
The Coolmore-owned Havana booked his spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile following his determined success in the Grade One Foxwoods Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
Todd Pletcher's colt showed boundless enthusiasm to keep the short-priced favourite Honor Code at bay by a neck.
The son of Dunkirk is now unbeaten in two starts, having stylishly won on his debut over a shorter trip at Saratoga in August.
Pletcher said: "Anytime you go from five and a half furlongs to a mile and do it against the type of horses he was in with here, it's always a concern.
"We did a similar thing with Uncle Mo - the difference being that was six (furlongs) to a mile. I think it takes a pretty special horse to do it.
"I'm proud of his efforts. We knew we were asking him a lot, but we were doing it because we liked him a lot. I think there's room for improvement. I think he can move forward for his third start."
Honor Code's trainer Shug McGaughey said he may skip the Breeders' Cup meeting and instead run the colt in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct late in November.
He said: "Obviously, next spring would be our main objective. Whatever his owners want to do is fine by me. Having to go wide probably cost us the race, but Havana got the jump at the head of the stretch and opened up, and we were unlucky to not catch him.
"I thought it was an awfully big effort for a horse of his type who is just learning and is kind of lazy in the first part until you do ask him."