11/19/2015 1:12PM

Lochte stays on conservative path in Tropical Turf


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Marcus Vitali and his owners briefly toyed with the idea of sending Lochte to the Breeders’ Cup Turf following his victory Sept. 27 in the Mr. Steele Stakes at Gulfstream Park. But faced with the prospect of meeting contenders such as Golden Horn, Found, and Big Blue Kitten, it wasn’t long before a more conservative route was chosen for the Grade 1 winner, a route that will send him to the starting gate as the highweight and potential favorite Saturday in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West.