Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) winner Good Samaritan showed no ill effects following his July 29 victory, and his trainer, Hall of Famer Bill Mott, has him pointed towards the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) on August 26.
There was some concern prior to the Jim Dandy Stakes, as it was the first time Good Samaritan would race on a dirt surface following his previous six starts on turf. It turned out okay, you could say.
“He confirmed our belief that he is a very good horse—probably the best 2-year-old grass horse in the country last year,” said Mott. “We went into this year thinking maybe he was the best grass 3-year-old. Now, I guess, his future for the present times will be on the dirt.”
Good Samaritan’s connections had planned on getting him on a dirt track sooner, but things got in the way.
“If we would have had the opportunity, we would have tried the dirt last fall, but he got banged up in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, G1T). We didn’t get the chance,” said Mott. “I was thinking about bringing him back in the Remsen (Stakes, G2) last fall after the Breeders’ Cup so we could find out. Then he got banged up and we had to give him time and he wasn’t ready to go.”
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming finished third in the Jim Dandy, but came away from the race in good condition. “He was very sound and seemed to be in good order,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. Always Dreaming is in contention to race in the Travers Stakes as well.