Rail Trip will be arriving this week in Saratoga.
He may arrive last, but his trainers seem to feel he can finish first.
That’s called confidence.
And having a great horse.
Rail Trip, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup for trainer Ron Ellis two years ago, is coming off a tough head setback at the hands of fellow Whitney contender Friend or Foe in Belmont Park’s Easy Goer overnight stakes on June 5.
It was the first outing this year for Rail Trip and just his second since being sent east to join Dutrow’s barn last summer. Rail Trip finished a disappointing and well-beaten fifth in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Handicap in his only other New York appearance during the fall.
Rail Trip was having some physical problems, his trainers said.
But that should be over now. “You never knew what to expect from day to day,” said Rail Trip’s trainer, ” but I think we’ve got the problem pretty well handled at this time. I loved his last race, and he’s been doing tremendous ever since. He’s in a zone right now, and I’m real excited about this race coming up.”
I’ll be in Saratoga this weekend for the race. And report back to you on Saturday night.