08/09/2017 2:46PM

Promising Ward runner Bound for Nowhere done for the year

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Bound for Nowhere, impressive winner of two U.S. starts including an April 20 allowance at Keeneland, will get the rest of the year off.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Bound for Nowhere, who finished 10th in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest in Deauville, France, as the lone American-based runner in the field, will be given the rest of the year off, owner and trainer Wesley Ward said on Wednesday.

Bound for Nowhere won races at Turfway Park and Keeneland early in the year and was fourth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June in his stakes debut. In the Prix Maurice de Gheest, Bound for Nowhere was near the front early but faded in the final quarter-mile.

“It was a big disappointment,” Ward said. “I’ll bring him back and probably give him the rest of the year off and start over next year. I haven’t seen the explosiveness that led me to take him to Ascot.”