Forego Possible for Vekoma

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Vekoma | Sarah Andrew

Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) exited his determined victory in Saturday’s GI Runhappy Metropolitan H. in fine shape and could now be aimed at the Aug. 29 GI Forego S. at Saratoga, while connections also consider training the 4-year-old up to the Breeders’ Cup.

“What a horse,” co-owner Randy Hill said Sunday. “I’ll never own another horse like this. I’ve watched the race about 20 times and it just gives me goosebumps. I really wish I could have been there, but I’d rather win than be there and lose them.”

Vekoma earned an automatic entry into both the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the GI Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile with his wins in the GI Runhappy Carter S. and Met Mile.

“I think he’s the best older horse in the country,” Hill said. “[Trainer] George [Weaver] is thinking about the Forego or training right up to the Breeders’ Cup and we leave all of that up to him. The horse will tell us. He’s such a warrior.”

Blair Golen, who oversees Weaver’s Belmont string, reported that the Met Mile hero emerged from Saturday’s triumph in good shape.

“He came out of it in good order,” Golen said. “What impressed me last time and this time was that he wasn’t that tired. When he ran here at seven furlongs, he recovered fast and was really on the muscle, and it was the same again this time, too.”

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