Hit Show Exits Withers in Fine Shape

Gary and Mary West’s Hit Show (Candy Ride {Arg}) exited his 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s GIII Withers S. in fine shape, according to Brad Cox’s Belmont-based assistant trainer Dustin Dugas.

“He looked good this morning,” Dugas said. “He cooled out well yesterday and came back in good shape. He was at the front of the stall, and bright eyed this morning. We’re happy with him and he was happy with himself.”

Hit Show’s potential next starts include the Apr. 8 GII Wood Memorial.

“He’s always been a horse that we thought would be better with more ground, based off pedigree, how he runs and what he’s shown us in his races,” Cox said. “I think we will obviously look at the Kentucky Derby and one race between now and then. What race that is, I don’t know yet. It very well could be the Wood Memorial. He obviously likes the racetrack there and we’ll see how things go.”

Another Triple Crown nominee based in New York for Cox is Gold Square’s Slip Mahoney (Arrogate), who broke his maiden in his third start at Aqueduct Jan. 21. Before that maiden-breaking score, Slip Mahoney was beaten just a neck when second behind subsequent ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tapit Trice (Tapit) last December. He was fourth behind Saturday’s GIII Sam F. Davis S. winner Litigate (Blame) in his November debut.

The gray colt is now being pointed towards the Mar. 4 GIII Gotham S.

“He ran against some really good horses in his last two races,” Cox said. “He held his own and he’s a nice colt. He’s marching towards the Gotham. That’s where he’ll start next, and we’re excited about him. He showed some heart and determination in his last two and I think he’s one that will get better with doing it in the afternoon. He’s been a little tough to get to the races, but once he got there, he’s shown up and run every time.”

Slip Mahoney breezed a half-mile in :49.77 (39/87) over the Belmont training track Saturday.

“He came back great. He looked good yesterday,” said Dugas. “He’s another one who ate up everything last night and was ready to go this morning. Dylan [Davis] was on him yesterday and he was happy with it, too.”

Slip Mahoney is out of Grade I winner Got Lucky (A.P. Indy) and his third dam is the blue hen mare Get Lucky (Mr. Prospector).

Drew’s Gold (Violence) will target the Apr. 8 GIII Bay Shore S. following his win in Saturday’s Jimmy Winkfield S. at Aqueduct.

Of the decision to aim for the seven-furlong Bay Shore rather than the one-mile Gotham, which will offer Kentucky Derby points, co-owner and trainer James Chapman explained, “I’d rather just keep taking it step-by-step with him and run him in the seven-eighths race. He’s doing super. He came out of the race like he didn’t even run.”

Drew’s Gold, who is co-owned with Stuart Tsujimoto, is unbeaten in three lifetime starts. The six-furlong Jimmy Winkfield was his longest effort to date.

“Who knows until you run around two turns, but it doesn’t seem like the distance has affected him. The further that he goes, he just wins by more,” Chapman said.

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