I Never Give Up made an uneventful trip to Kentucky where she is stabled for the time being at Keeneland. Initially Nevada was given a handful of stalls at Churchill but he was pushed to Lexington with the promised arrival of all the shippers for Breeders’ Cup weekend.
In any event, she shipped well and is settled in. Her new shoes seem to be working well for her but we’ll know a lot more about that later in the week/weekend when Nevada sends her out for a workout. That kind of pressure and exertion is exactly what we need to test how she responds to them.
The breeze will also tell us how much fitness she has retained/lost from her time away from the track when she was recovering and the few days of track training she missed shipping. She was dialed in pretty good at the close of the meet so hopefully she will come out of the work strong.
We’ll be looking at both Indiana and Kentucky to enter her and we realistically have a shot at 3 races before the meets there wrap. There are a pair of maiden claiming $15,000 races at Keeneland in a couple of weeks but both are on the dirt – not that she can’t handle the dirt, she can. We just think she’s better on the turf. That said, we could use that as a prep race to get her back in the groove before gunning at Churchill or Indiana Grand. She’ll most likely need one to tighten her up anyway and she was only nosed out for show at Oaklawn in a MCL $16,000 because her rider mailed it in late, so she can certainly be competitive.
Once Nevada gets a work in her we’ll know better where we’re at and I’ll let you all know!