Newspaperofrecord will have her first outing since her breathtaking Breeders’ Cup display in the Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs – with a Royal Ascot bid tantalisingly still possible.
Trainer Chad Brown is refusing to commit to a trip to England just yet – and how she fares on her comeback on Friday may have a bearing on the decision.
A minor setback means she is starting her three-year-old career slightly later than planned, but Brown is happy with her as she nears her comeback.
“We decided to keep her with us right at Palm Meadows, and she’s done pretty well,” Brown told www.bloodhorse.com.
“She’s a nice, sweet horse around the barn – pretty easy to get along with. Once she gets a saddle on her and a rider on her and you take her out to the track, she’s ultra-competitive and she’s very sharp – so you have to watch her in that regard.
“She did get a little sick in December. It didn’t amount to a whole lot, but it set me back a little bit.
“We momentarily considered starting her back in the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, and she got a little sick in December, so it set me back from starting her work schedule. From that point on, I just had my eyes on the Edgewood.
“I made her eligible for the Coronation (at Ascot), and it is still a possibility. It is by no means a certainty, though,”