The Big Beast (inside) finishing second in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I). Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos
Far Right, the talented three-year-old that won the Smarty Jones Stakes and Southwest Stakes (gr. III) during the winter at Oaklawn Park, will be given a break before gearing up for the 2016 Oaklawn meet that begins in January.
Trained by Ron Moquett, Far Right also ran second behind American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) before finishing off-the-board in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Ohio Derby (gr. III), and Indiana Derby (gr. II). According to the September 8th Oaklawn Report on the Oaklawn Park website, Far Right had been under consideration for major races like the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and Super Derby (gr. II) before Moquett decided to rest him in advance of the Oaklawn meet.
“He’s had a tough campaign, and my owners have always let me do what I want to do,” Moquett said. “It was one of those deals where I want to be fresh and ready for Oaklawn. That doesn’t mean we won’t run before then, it just means I want to point him for Oaklawn.”
It has also been reported that The Big Beast, who finished second in both the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) and Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga this summer, will not run again this year, although he will likely return to the races in 2016.
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