Sunday, March 29, 2009

Smashing Winner Well Armed to Get Break

Smashing Winner Well Armed to Get Break

A day after his smashing victory March 28, record-breaking Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed was in “fantastic” condition, according to his assistant trainer.

“He had about 20 minutes of walking this morning and then about ten minutes of picking at grass and everything was good,” said Oliver Costello, assistant to Eoin Harty, during a rainy follow-up March 29 in Dubai. He echoed the emotions of everyone connected with the 6-year-old gelding when he added, “It was just such an amazing night.”

Before catching a plane back to California, Harty said he will give the WinStar Farm-owned Well Armed a vacation and then aim to follow nearly same schedule with the son of Tiznow as he did last year, beginning with the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) and the Pacific Classic (gr. I), both at Del Mar, followed by the Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, a race he won last season.

This year, however, after proving himself at the Dubai World Cup’s 2,000-meter distance, Well Armed’s principal target at year’s end will be the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) rather than the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.