05/19/2016 11:16AM

Well-traveled Lady Shipman wheels back quickly for The Very One

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Lady Shipman will run back in The Very One three weeks after winning the License Fee Stakes.

BALTIMORE – Since the lucrative Dubai World Cup program became a destination event for U.S. horses, the prevailing school of thought has been that horses need a significant amount of time to recover from the trip to the United Arab Emirates and back. For example, the champion California Chrome won the World Cup on March 26, took a brief vacation at a farm in Kentucky, and is not expected to start again until the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on July 23.

Kiaran McLaughlin takes a different approach.

McLaughlin, who spent 10 years splitting his time between Dubai and New York while training for the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai, came to Baltimore 10 years ago to take the Pimlico Special with Invasor. It was the first U.S. start for the horse, who had finished fourth in the United Arab Emirates Derby less than two months before; he would go on to be named Horse of the Year.

This year, McLaughlin’s well-traveled Lady Shipman will be making her second start since her trip to the Middle East in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes, for fillies and mares sprinting on turf Saturday on the Preakness undercard.

“That’s a myth,” McLaughlin said of the notion that it takes horses longer to recover from a trip to Dubai. “When you take horses to Dubai back and forth as a trainer, you feed them properly and look after them. The world is smaller.”

Lady Shipman won her only prior start in Maryland, taking the Stormy Blues Stakes in April 2015 at Pimlico. That was part of a campaign in which she won six stakes at four different tracks and finished second, beaten a neck by Mongolian Saturday, in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

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Lady Shipman returned to win the Ladies’ Turf Sprint Stakes in February at Gulfstream Park, her first start for McLaughlin after being transferred to his barn from trainer Kathleen O’Connell. The filly finished seventh in the Group 1, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on March 26 but bounced right back to win the License Fee Stakes on May 1 at Belmont.

While McLaughlin had no qualms about continuing full throttle with the filly upon her return from Dubai, he does express some concerns about the quick turnaround from the License Fee.

“It’s a little quick back for me, three weeks any way you look at it, but she’s doing very well,” he said. “It’s a great spot, she’ll be the favorite, and we’ll go from there.”

Joel Rosario has the mount on Lady Shipman, replacing Irad Ortiz Jr., who had ridden her in her past four races. Lady Shipman drew the far-outside post in the field of 12, lending more urgency to her usual quest to be forwardly placed.

The local contingent waiting for the globetrotting Lady Shipman is headed by Exaggerated, trained by Fair Hill-based Arnaud Delacour. She has won three of her last four outings, most recently the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland. Delacour also entered Hope Cross, who is cutting back in distance after finishing off the board in her two most recent stakes outings.

Miss Matzoball won the Capitiva Island Stakes at Gulfstream Park before finishing seventh behind Exaggerated in the Giant’s Causeway.

Chick Lang: Zayats back for more

Last year, Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables brought American Pharoah to Baltimore as the heavy favorite for the Preakness Stakes, which he emphatically won en route to his historic Triple Crown sweep.

This year, the Zayats are taking a background role at Pimlico but have runners in several stakes Friday and Saturday, including the promising Justin Squared, who makes his stakes debut in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters.

Justin Squared – named for Ahmed’s son and racing manager, Justin Zayat, and bloodstock agent Justin Casse – has won both of his starts by open lengths. He prepared for the Chick Lang with a bullet 45-second half-mile work at Santa Anita. He will need to use that speed early, as he drew the rail under Martin Pedroza.