Drosselmeyer targets Travers Stakes

Updated: June 7, 2010, 1:56 AM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form



ELMONT, N.Y. - Drosselmeyer, who scored a 13-1 upset win in the 142nd Belmont Stakes on Saturday, came out of the race well and now will target the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28, Elliott Walden, the racing manager for Drosselmeyer's owner, WinStar Farm, said Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

WinStar -- owned by Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt -- also owns Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Walden said Super Saver also will be pointed to the Travers. Each colt will have one prep before then.

"We hope one of them ends up being the 3-year-old champion," Walden said while at the barn of Bill Mott, Drosselmeyer's trainer. "We've put ourselves in that position going into the second half of the year. We will probably split them for their next race, then get them back together for the Travers and see what happens."

Walden said the obvious Travers preps for both are the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 31 and the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on Aug. 1.

Walden called the win by Drosselmeyer "very satisfying."

"We've had a lot of hopes for him," he said. "You get tired of making excuses. He had a great four weeks after the Dwyer. It was the perfect set-up race. He had a big work on Monday. We were hopefully optimistic. We felt like he had it in him. It was nice to see him do it. And it was nice for Billy."

Mott, a Hall of Famer, got his first Triple Crown race win with Drosselmeyer. On Sunday morning, Mott said that victorious jockey Mike Smith joked with him, "Now I know why you used me. You wanted me to stay wide." Drosselmeyer was three paths wide on the first turn and four paths wide on the far turn.

Another potential starter in the Haskell or Jim Dandy is Trappe Shot, who was an impressive winner of an allowance race on Saturday's Belmont undercard. His trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, on Sunday said Trappe Shot would run in the Long Branch at Monmouth on July 10 "to see if he can go two turns."

If he can, the 1 1/4-mile Travers would be the goal, McLaughlin said. If not, the seven-furlong King's Bishop would be targeted. Both are Grade 1 races on the same day at Saratoga.

"Our ultimate goal is Aug. 28 at Saratoga," McLaughlin said. "He can run in the Travers or the King's Bishop. Backing up from there, he could run in the Jim Dandy or the Haskell, or the Amsterdam. The Long Branch will tell us if he can't go long. If he can't, we'll back up and point for the King's Bishop, maybe by sprinting in the Amsterdam. He's a very talented horse."

Also likely for the Haskell is Lookin At Lucky, the Preakness winner. It is not inconceivable that all three Triple Crown race winners could finally meet in the Travers.

Belmont favorite Ice Box crossed the wire ninth, but was moved to eighth after the disqualification of Uptowncharlybrown. According to trainer Nick Zito, Ice Box did not deal well with the warm, humid weather. Zito also finished second with Fly Down, marking the seventh time in his career that Zito has had the runner-up in the Belmont.

Information from David Grening was used in this report.