Donamire Farm's Mr Maccool will get his first stakes test in the mile and a sixteenth on the turf $75,000 Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware Park this Saturday. The local prep for the $500,000 Grade III Kent Stakes (including $100,000 Breeders' Cup fund), has attracted a field of twelve of which four are entered as main track only. The Kent Stakes, a mile and an eighth on the turf for 3-year-olds, is scheduled to be run August 30.
After not winning in three attempts at six furlongs on the dirt and artificial tracks during his 2-year-old season, Mr Maccool is a two-for-two this year. Both of his 2008 victories were going two turns on the Churchill Downs lawn. In his most recent outing, the son of Giant's Causeway notched a neck victory going a mile and sixteenth on June 26. Previously, the Kentucky-bred trained by David Fawkes broke his maiden by a half length going one mile on June 1. He sports a career record of two wins, a second, and a third from five starts with earnings of $67,710.