“I didn’t expect the race to come up this difficult,” the affable McGlinchey said from Calder stall office Friday morning. “The purse is $55,000 and I think it is much tougher than his last race, and that was for $100,000.”
“He was far back early that day, but he made up a lot of ground on the turn and at one point got within three or four lengths of the leader,” McGlinchey recalled. “Then he just got a little tired. But for a horse that was running his first race in years and was going on grass for the first time, I thought he ran pretty well.”
Earlier in his career, as a 3-year-old, Loch Dubh was a stakes winner, taking the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes in January 2009. From there, the son of Friends Lake made a brief stop on the road to the Triple Crown, competing in both the Grade 2 Lanes End Stakes and the Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes, albeit unsuccessfully.
After his failed Bluegrass attempt, Loch Dubh was away from the races for over a year, returning in May 2010 for a one-race stop at Churchill, finishing third in an allowance before again disappearing from the entry box for over two years.
“From what I was told, he was injured after the 3-year-old stake,” McGlinchey explained. “They spent over a year trying to bring him back, and then when he did make it back to the track, he got hurt again.
“They were going to retire him, and just a few days after he was off the track, they were getting on him and using him as a riding horse. But they decided they wanted to give him one more shot at being a racehorse, so they sent him to me.”
Loch Dubh arrived in the McGlinchey barn in December 2011 when the gelding began training towards the third chapter of his racing career.
“He’s been doing really well in the morning,” McGlinchey said. “My plan wasn’t to start him back in a stake last time, but we were entering allowance races and they weren’t going, so we went for it. Like I said earlier, I thought he did well, and hope he can do even more in Saturday’s race.”