Federal Trial's Trainer is Happy
Jul. 08, 1999
NEW YORK (AP) _ Yagli won't be in the Bowling Green Handicap on the grass Saturday at Belmont Park, much to the delight of Lou Goldfine, trainer of Federal Trial.
``He's the best,'' Goldfine said of Yagli. ``From now on, we want to avoid him.''
Federal Trial is not bad, either.
He was switched to the grass last fall, and in his last three starts he won the Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park and the Hialeah Turf Cup, then ran a strong second to Yagli in the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan Handicap on June 5 at Belmont.
``Some horses have to have a fast pace in front, and some must have the lead,'' Goldfine said Thursday when six horses were entered for the 1 3/8-mile race. ``He's versatile. It's a big advantage. I'd be very disappointed if he didn't run a good race on Saturday.''
Federal Trial will be co-highweighted at 118 pounds with Parade Ground, fourth in the Manhattan. Robbie Davis will ride Federal Trial, and Shane Sellers will be aboard Parade Ground.
Also in the $150,000 Bowling Green are Chorwon, 115, Calvin Borel; Honor Glide, 113, Jose Santos; Fahris, 113, Richard Migliore; and Heavens East, 111, Mike Smith