Mr. Jagermeister is “starting to get fit” trainer Valorie Lund said Friday following the six-year-old Minnesota bred’s fourth workout since returning to training. All the works have come at Turfway Park in Florence, KY with the latest a very sharp 1:00.40 for five furlongs.
The goal for Jag is the Feb. 6 $150,000, six furlong, King Cotton at Oaklawn Park. Lund will have eight stalls at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack, which opens Friday, and intends to ship horses early this week.
Lund is currently headquartered at a training center in Lexington but sends horses into Turfway, an hour and 10 minute trip from load to unload, on a regular basis to both breeze and race.
“We toyed with an allowance [for Mr. Jagermeister] at Turfway,” Lund said. But the plans did not come together so “he will have to gut it out” in the King Cotton.
Lund also trains Bodenheimer, who last year as a 2-year-old broke his maiden at Canterbury,
won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows and the Indian Summer at Keeneland before finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. He will return to training soon with the target being a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint in early April at Keeneland.