Global Campaign Options Open, Sir Winston to Belmont

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Global Campaign is doing well following his 1 1/4-length win in Saturday's Peter Pan, trainer Stanley Hough said Sunday morning.

Making just his fourth career start under Luis Saez, the Curlin colt appeared to clip heels at one point during the Peter Pan, though his conditioner said Global Campaign shrugged off the light contact to finish strong, winning his first career graded stakes after running fifth in the Fountain of Youth in his stakes debut last out on March 2 at Gulfstream Park.

"He came back good; he got jumped on a little bit from behind, probably out of the gate since I didn't see any other place where it could have been, but it's no problem. It just grabbed him a little bit but other than that, he came back great," Hough said. "He handled the distance and we're really proud of him."

Global Campaign earned a 101 Beyer Speed figure stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for the first time, posting a final time of 1:46.71 to top a five-horse field. T

Hough also said Global Campaign could possibly look at the Belmont  Stakes; the one-mile Dwyer on July 6 at Belmont; or even the Ohio Derby in June at Thistledown.

"He's a very talented horse, and it was good to see him get that behind him," Hough said. "Everything is on the table. I wouldn't say which spot necessarily he should go. It could be the Belmont or the Dwyer or the Ohio Derby. There's a lot of options right now. He'll go back to Churchill, he'll leave tomorrow and get there Tuesday, and we'll take it a day at a time. Obviously, the Belmont would be a great thrill, I just can't say we're pointing towards that way.

"It would be great, no question. It'd be a real honor and something to cross off that list, but that's a race that you really need to work into," Hough said. "It's very difficult because that likely will be the last time they run a mile and a half on the dirt. It's a special race. People don't really know how hard it is even to get there. I've run a lot of horses and never ran one there."

Sir Winston to Belmont Stakes

Sir Winston will target the Belmont after a late-closing second in the Peter Pan.

"He's a unique horse," trainer Mark Casse said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of speed, and he's kind of at the mercy of everyone else in the race, but he'll run all day."

Sir Winston was on the road to the Kentucky Derby all season long but did not place in three starts on the Derby trail. Casse said he was impressed with his fifth-place effort in the Tampa Bay Derby, but drew a line through his distant seventh in the Blue Grass.

"I thought he really exposed himself and showed that he was good in the Tampa Bay Derby," Casse said. "When he ran at Keeneland, the way the track was playing, no one that wasn't close to the lead had a chance that day. No question he'll run a mile and a half."

Casse stated that Sir Winston will stay at Belmont Park with his string of horses supervised by assistant trainer Jamie Begg.

Casse also said that Dream Maker, third-place finisher in the Pat Day Mile, will likely target the Easy Goer on Belmont Stakes Day.

Edited release