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Belmont Park: Mentor Cane pointed to Amsterdam
ELMONT, N.Y. - The 3-year-old sprint division might have picked up an intriguing new player in Mentor Cane, who returned from a six-month layoff to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by five lengths last Saturday at Belmont Park.
Mentor Cane, a son of Mizzen Mast, ran the distance in 1:15.26 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.
“We always liked him,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “Obviously, that kind of race you can’t predict. It was a very powerful race. That certainly surprised us. We thought he was going to run well. He’s a strong horse.”
Shirreffs said he would point Mentor Cane to the Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam at Saratoga on July 28 and then the Grade 1 King’s Bishop there on Aug. 24.
“He doesn’t need practice,” Shirreffs said. “He has one thing on his mind – as you saw – running.”
Rest in Peace Mentor Cane.
Notice to all you east coasters... There have been 2 horses who couldn't break their maidens in SoCal who came to Belmont and destroyed their competition. Mentor Cane & Moreno. Moreno then went on to win a G2 after that at Bel. West is the Best!
Big Beautiful Horse. He looked like something special from day one. Had been waiting for him to run again and it was great to see him win. Hope he keeps improving. Good Luck to all.
What a beast....pulled Prado thru the stretch. Good luck js and company
After seeing him win last weekend I'm already a fan. But won't there be a lot of speedball colts in the Amsterdam ? Seems like one easy allowance prep prior to Kings Bishop would be a good alternative. Hope he can handle the step up and prove me wrong
He looked beautiful in the paddock. His performance was awe inspiring and I hope he progresses up the ladder and becomes something special........so I can say I was there that crazy hot day in July when he broke his maiden. Jim
And, of course I was all over this horse last year at Hollywood Park ! I saw him entered on Saturday, but figured Sherriffs would be prepping him for longer.........wouldnt you know it !
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