Ward Runners Prep For Saratoga Turf Sprints


Golden Pal | Breeders' Cup/Eclipse Sportwire

The Wesley Ward-conditioned Bound for Nowhere (The Factor) and Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) each turned in breezes over the Belmont turf course Thursday morning in advance of the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, with each being pointed towards turf sprint stakes during the early part of the Saratoga meet.

Also owned by Ward, Bound for Nowhere came from well back to defeat an unlucky Imprimis (Broken Vow) in Keeneland's GII Shakertown S. Apr. 3 and was last seen finishing third to Casa Creed (Jimmy Creed) after setting the majority of the pace in the GI Jackpocket Jaipur S. on the Belmont S. undercard June 5. Now seven, Bound for Nowhere is expected to make his Saratoga debut in the GIII Troy S., Presented by Horse Racing Ireland, Aug. 6.

Golden Pal, last year's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint hero who was recently sold to Coolmore by his breeder Randall Lowe, is scheduled to make his sophomore debut in the GIII Quick Call S. on opening day at the Spa July 15. The son of the outstanding Lady Shipman (Midshipman) is using that comebacker as a tightener for the G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. at York Aug. 20.

“From what I see with him in the mornings, he's just extremely talented,” Ward said of Golden Pal.

The trainer also reported that Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), promoted to the victory in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot June 18, is coming along well at his Keeneland base. She is scheduled to return to Europe for the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Aug. 8.

“She's ready for a work,” Ward said. “We're in a little bit of a pickle because we're mandated to breeze on the dirt. That's her home track and that's where she thrives.”

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