‘Aggressive’ art collector blows three stadiums for Saturday’s Saudi Cup – Horse Racing News
Art Collector on track in Riyadh on Wednesday February 23
Activated and ready Wednesday morning in Riyadh, Art Collector took a moment to soak up his surroundings before riding off with Neil Poznansky, assistant trainer to Bill Mott, ready in the saddle.
“We had some nice 3/8 [600m] wind this morning. I just wanted to see how he took over the surface, how he felt doing it and how his energy did it: everything was fine,” Poznansky said.
Art Collector will make his first start of 2022 in this Saturday’s $20m Saudi Cup. More recently, Bernardini’s 5-year-old son finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“He adapted well to the track, he was aggressive. He likes to train,” Poznansky continued, while trying to hide his smile. “When we first got him he wasn’t as aggressive but over time he got stronger and stronger, he loves training.”
Champion apprentice jockey in the United States as well as in Canada, Poznansky is the partner of the winner of the 1st year since he set foot in the Mott stable.
“He’s not a big horse, but he’s very well proportioned and moves well over the field. He is very efficient, he has a long stride for a small horse. He’s undefeated over a mile and an eighth [1800m].
“I’ll talk to Bill (Mott) about what we’re doing tomorrow. It will probably be an easy day, we will go for a jog. We will gallop there from there.
Updates on other Saudi American Cup participants:
Country Grammar (United States) – Bob Baffert’s Country Grammer came out his last breeze (800m Tuesday) in great shape for connections. He rode the hangar row on Wednesday and is expected to return to the track Thursday morning. Baffert was able to watch a video of the artwork from his California base.
“I liked what I saw,” Baffert said. “They shipped well and they move well and that’s what you want to see in the final work. The reports I get from my team there are that they’re happy with how they went, came back and calmed down.
Mandaloun (USA) – We had a comfortable morning staying within the confines of the stables area with Brad Cox’s assistant trainer Dustin Dugas overseeing the proceedings.
“Mandaloun just walked this morning, he didn’t go on the track at all,” Dugas said.
“We gave him a nice easy day. He came out of the breeze in very good order. He turned it up and he ate it all last night. He had really good energy this morning, he was very happy with himself. We move forward from here.
The talented son of Into Mischief will be back on the track the next day. Coach Brad Cox will join him, having arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning.
Midnight Bourbon (USA) –Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen assistant coach Scott Blasi was full of praise when asked how Midnight Bourbon was doing on Wednesday morning.
“He came out of the breeze in excellent order. We just walked him today,” Blasi said.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way he traveled. His appetite is great, he drank a lot of water. The horses in my barn are sailing well, all of them. He will go to the track tomorrow.
“It will be light exercise from now on. Our major preparation was done at home. We’ve put ourselves in a position that we don’t have to do much when we get there,” Blasi concluded.