Casino Drive’s quest to become the third straight Belmont Stakes winner produced by his dam Better Than Honour failed when the colt suffered a stone bruise two days before the race and was scratched the morning of the race. But this isn’t the last we’ll see of the son of Mineshaft, who will now point for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with a prep beforehand.
Casino Drive and stablemates Spark Candle and Champagne Squall are scheduled to fly back to Japan Monday night.
“We’ll give him a break and start training him in August. Hopefully, we’ll be able to return for the Breeders’ Cup and a prep race.”
Tada said, despite being in America so long, he is sorry to leave. “The people are so nice, and it’s hard to say goodbye to everyone, especially the people in this (John Hertler’s) barn. The NYRA people, the press people; they’ve all have been so nice to us.”
When asked if he feels like he’s been Americanized, Tada said, “Next time I come I’ll say, ‘Hey man, my horse is going to win the Breeders’ Cup, babe.”
(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)