Trainer Brad Cox will talk to connections before making any moves in regards to a Triple Crown bid for Indiana Derby winner Shared Sense.
Shared Sense is not nominated to the Triple Crown and it would take a $45,000 supplementary fee to put him in the picture, something his trainer hasn’t ruled out.
“That will be up to the Godolphin team. But look, he’s a nice horse,” Cox said. “(Darley America president) Jimmy Bell and I have talked about it a couple of times, that a mile and an eighth is something he’ll like. Maybe even farther. He’s a tough horse. This horse, on the dry dirt, that’s where he gets his best races.”
Florent Geroux hugged the running rail on board Shared Sense for most of their journey in the $300,000 Grade 3 contest.
They were amongst a quartet in with chances as the field turned for home and Shared Sense proved strongest, prevailing by two-and-three-quarter lengths at the line from Major Fed, with Necker Island and Earner taking third and fourth respectively.
James Graham put in a jockey’s objection feeling runner-up Major Fed was denied running room to make his challenge but, after a stewards’ review, it was decided to make no change to the order of the finish.
Geroux, meanwhile, admitted things got close turning for home, but he felt the decisive manner of the victory meant there was no reason to doubt the result.
“Beautiful trip to save ground all the way around there. It looked like the pace in front of me was honest,” Geroux said. “I was about to get the split right turning for home.
“Maybe I had contact with the horse of Greg Foley’s, Major Fed. But honestly I don’t think it made a difference,” Geroux continued. “If I beat him a head, maybe we can make a case for it But when my horse ran going away like this, it was pretty clear there was not too much going on there.”
Shared Sense picked up 20 Kentucky Derby points for his victory at Indiana Grand, which was his maiden success at stakes level. The Godolphin homebred, who is out of the Bernardini mare Collective, was giving Cox and Geroux a quick-fire big race double as they also took the Indiana Oaks aboard Shedaresthedevil.
“We expected her to run well,” Cox said. “She’d been training the part out of her last race at Churchill, where she ran a big race. It was a good trip, she responded well. I thought she looked great at the quarter pole.”