Barn Notes

Triple E Tries Open Company In The McSorley Stakes

Posted Saturday, Jun 9, 2012

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New Jersey-bred 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,” Hills said. 

            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 Sunday.” 

            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.”  

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