06/13/2013 4:27PM

Hollywood Park: Let Em Shine getting a break

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Barbara D. Livingston
Let Em Shine will return to racetrack training at the start of July.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Let Em Shine, who finished fourth in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, is being given a break at a California farm through the end of June, but has a major race in New York as a late summer goal, trainer Adam Kitchingman said.

Kitchingman said that Let Em Shine will return to racetrack training at the start of July with the intent of the speedy 3-year-old running in the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

The winner of the Came Home Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 11, Let Em Shine was beaten a length by Forty Tales in the Woody Stephens Stakes over seven furlongs. Let Em Shine led by a length for the first half-mile, was in front by a head with a furlong remaining, and relinquished his advantage in deep stretch.

“It was a little heartbreaking,” Kitchingman said. “He ran so hard. We had a lot of expectations.

“He’s at the farm swimming right now. We’ll bring him back at the first of the month. We may ship [to Saratoga] a little early and get him on the track.”