10/01/2012 4:31PM

Belmont Park: Two Breeders' Cup options for The Lumber Guy

Barbara D. Livingston
The Lumber Guy wins the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, earning a fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Though he earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint by virtue of his victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh, The Lumber Guy is being considered for both the $1.5 million Sprint and the $1 million Dirt Mile, trainer Mike Hushion said.

Hushion said he and owner Barry Schwartz would size up the competition for both races before making a definitive decision.

The Lumber Guy is 4 for 5 in one-turn races, his only loss coming in the Peter Pan at 1 1/8 miles. Obviously, the purse of the Sprint being 50 percent greater is attractive, but that race features defending sprint champion Amazombie on his home course.

Conversely, there does not appear to be a standout in the Dirt Mile, but that race is run around two turns this year.

“I guess the Mile would enhance his value as a stallion, but he’s already proven he can go a mile in the Jerome,” Hushion said.

Jersey Town will be among the favorites in the Dirt Mile after his 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Kelso. That was his first win since the 2010 Cigar Mile.