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Reddam Racing, which had planned on running G1 winner Ralis in the Pegasus World Cup, will instead enter stakes-placed Semper Fortis in the $12 million race.
In an interview Sunday with the BloodHorse, trainer Doug O'Neill said that the decision to make the change came after both colts worked in company Saturday at Santa Anita. O'Neill said that Semper Fortis, a 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor, was training better than Ralis was on the dirt, so they decided to switch the two.
Ralis captured the G1 Hopeful Stakes in 2015, but has not found his way to the winner's circle in 11 starts since. The son of Square Eddie has been second in three turf stakes, including the G2 Del Mar Derby. According to O'Neill, Ralis will instead run in the California Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita on Saturday.
“They worked in company yesterday and Semper, on dirt, just seemed like he's doing a little better,” O'Neill told the BloodHorse. “The fact that we have a spot for Ralis here in the Cal Cup helped with the decision, but both are doing great.”
O'Neill added, “We know we're up against it against those favorites, but (owner J. Paul Reddam) is a true sportsman.”
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