Independence Hall Sharp in Cigar Mile Drill


Independence Hall | Chelsea Durand

Independence Hall (Constitution), coming off a 7 1/4-length win in the GII Fayette S. at Keeneland Oct. 30, breezed a bullet half-mile in :46.80 (1/25) Saturday at Churchill Downs ahead of next Saturday's GI Cigar Mile.

“I'm very happy with the way he worked,” trainer Michael McCarthy said. “We wanted to go ahead and put a little air in his lungs and that's definitely what we got. A race like the Cigar Mile doesn't come around very often and we wanted to make sure we're nice and sharp.”

Independence Hall is two-for-two at Aqueduct, with wins in the 2019 GIII Nashua S. and 2020 Jerome S., both one-turn miles for former trainer Michael Trombetta.

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