02/01/2016 12:00PM

Valid more likely for Hooper than Donn


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Marcus Vitali has his top handicap star Valid nominated to both the Grade 1 Donn and the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper here on Saturday and said he’s leaning toward running him a mile in the Hooper rather than 1 1/8 miles in the Donn. Valid dropped a heartbreaking head decision to Mshawish in the Hal’s Hope after defeating Madefromlucky in the Harlan’s Holiday. The Harlan’s Holiday was his first start since a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.