The Player, Divisidero Getting Time Off

The Player, Divisidero Getting Time Off

Divisidero (outside) winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs – Coady Photography

Ellis Park Press Release: Buff Bradley, four-time winner of Ellis’ training title, says Indiana Derby runner-up The Player and Churchill’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic hero Divisidero are getting time off.

After racing once last year, The Player was second at Keeneland before capturing a May 14 maiden and June 3 allowance race at Churchill. He finished second by three-quarters of a length to heavy favorite Cupid in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) at Indiana Grand last Saturday night.

“The Player has had some pretty tough races in a short amount of time so we’re going to give him 60 days,” said Bradley, who owns the homebred colt with long-time partner and family friend Carl Hurst. “We’re going to let him recover. He needs some turn out time at the farm. There’s really not a whole lot we were looking at anyhow. Right now we don’t have a plan as far as races for him, but we feel he’ll have a good 4-year-old year.

“Divisidero, his races have taken a toll on him a little bit, too. He’s tired. We’re going to give him a little bit of break. He could come back for some fall races.”

Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero was fifth in Belmont Park’s June 11 Manhattan in his last start.

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