Triple E will take on open company in Sunday’s $60,000 John McSorley Stakes to
be contested at five and a half furlongs on the grass and trainer Tim Hills is
aware that the 7-year-old gelding will have to have his running shoes on.
“This is not an easy spot for him,
but we decided that he likes this turf course and thought we’d take a shot,”
Triple E came back from a layoff of
almost five months on May 26 and didn’t fire when finishing fifth in a $32,000 optional
claiming allowance event here, a race that was taken off the turf.
“He had foot issues and missed a lot
of training,” said Hills. “Last time out, he really needed that race. He’s been
training well and he still likes racing so we’re hoping he’ll run well on
Hills has 38 horses in his barn and
said that the Monmouth meet is the one on the calendar he circles. He is loaded
for bear in stakes races at Monmouth later this month.
“I have a lot of horses now coming
back from layoffs and horses coming back from good efforts in their last
races,” he said. “Good Morning Diva (fourth in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 12) is
training very well and he’ll work tomorrow under Elvis Trujillo. He’ll run in
the Pegasus (a Grade 3 race on June 17). Catch a Thief (third in the Grade 3
Allaire DuPont Stakes at Pimlico on May 19) will go in the Lighthouse (on June
30). She’ll also work tomorrow under my assistant, Michelle McSweeney. Senator
Beck (third in the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth on May 26) will run here in
the Boiling Springs in two weeks.”