Doodnauth Shivmangal, owner and trainer of Shkspeare Shaliyah, is attempting to raise money to supplement the colt to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
After finishing third in his debut at Saratoga, Shkspeare Shaliyah won two starts at Belmont Park, breaking his maiden on Sept. 18 and giving his trainer his first graded stakes victory by taking the Grade III Pilgrim on Oct. 9.
“He came out of the (Pilgrim) perfect,” said Shivmangal. “Nothing bothered him, and he didn’t lose any weight. He’s been doing everything perfectly from the race until now.”
To run Shkspeare Shaliyah in the Juvenile Turf, Shivmangal would have to pay $100,000 to supplement the colt and $30,000 in pre-entry and entry fees.
“I’m not scared to take this horse to any kind of race,” said Shivmangal. “We knew at Saratoga he could run, and I’m not scared of the Breeders’ Cup. It’s hard for us to put up the money. There a lot of people who called to buy the horse, but my silks means more than the money. Everything is going the way it’s supposed to be. It’s hard for us to supplement the horse for $100,000, but we have to get it done.”
Shkspeare Shaliyah has come from off the pace in his three starts, and Shivmangal believes his running style will be beneficial in the Breeders’ Cup.
“I know Shaliyah has the last kick,” said Shivmangal. “He has a special engine, this horse. If he can get a pace in front of him, he’ll run a better race.”
Shivmangal said Skspeare Shaliyah will have his first post-Pilgrim breeze this week, with the colt to either work Thursday on turf or Saturday on dirt.
--Edited NYRA release