Classic Causeway (Giant's Causeway), winner of this year's GIII Sam F. Davis S. and GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, has been transferred from trainer Brian Lynch to Ken McPeek, Daily Racing Form reports.
One of just three members from his sire's final crop, the chestnut was a splashy Saratoga debut winner last September before finishing third to Rattle N Roll (Connect) in the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity and to 'TDN Rising Star' Smile Happy (Runhappy) in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. Both winners are trained by McPeek.
A disappointing 11th as a 7-2 chance in the GI Curlin Florida Derby following his exploits on Florida's Gulf Coast, Classic Causeway was expected to bypass the GI Kentucky Derby, but Lynch deferred to the colts owners. The typically speedy Classic Causeway raced nowhere near the pace in the Derby and finished an even 11th.
“You're always sorry to see a horse of his caliber leave the barn,” Lynch told the Form. “I wish him and the connections nothing but the best.”