09/17/2011 11:41AM

Churchill Downs: Shackleford works, eyes Indiana Derby

Tom Keyser
Shackleford could make his next start in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby on Oct. 1.

Shackleford had his first breeze since a disappointing performance in the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes when going five furlongs Saturday morning, after which trainer Dale Romans said he is contemplating a run in the Oct. 1 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park for his Preakness winner.

“We’ll either go to Indiana or just train straight into the Breeders’ Cup,” said Romans, with either the Dirt Mile or Classic the target.

With Tammy Fox aboard, Shackleford went in 1:01.20 over a fast track at Churchill Downs. The speedy colt faded badly to finish eighth in the Travers.

“The main thing is he’s training good and feeling good,” Romans said. “Tammy gave him two thumbs up. We’ll breeze him again next weekend and take things from there.”

The Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby already is shaping up nicely, with Caleb’s Posse, winner of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop over Uncle Mo, among the handful of 3-year-olds already committed to the 1 1/16-mile race. Lookin At Lucky, the eventual 3-year-old champion, won the Indiana Derby last year.

Romans also said Sassy Image, a multiple Grade 1 winner this year, is “back doing well” after being virtually eased in the Grade 1 Ballerina on the Travers undercard.

“We’re just going to train her straight into the Breeders’ Cup” Filly and Mare Sprint, he said. “She loves it here at Churchill.”