Fish Trappe Road blazes bullet half-mile for King’s Bishop

TwinSpires Staff

August 13th, 2016

Edited Press Release

Dwyer Stakes (G3) winner Fish Trappe Road breezed four furlongs in :46.88 over Saratoga’s fast main track on Friday in preparation for the $500,000 King's Bishop Stakes (G1) on August 27.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, Fish Trappe Road's bullet workout was the fastest out of a group of 172.

"He's pointing toward the King's Bishop and he's really coming into his own," said Chris Sankar, assistant to Calhoun. "He's been a slow-developing horse. Every day he's been better than the last.

"We didn't think he went that fast (yesterday). We all looked at our watches thinking it was wrong. He's just looking to be that kind of horse."

Fish Trappe Road will be making his first start since winning his first stakes in the Dwyer on July 9 at Belmont Park, in which he registered a 98 BRIS Speed figure.

Martin Racing Stable's three-year-old colt finished second to Tom's Ready in the June 11 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) and will now be coming off a six-week layoff before his first career Grade 1 start.

"The Dwyer was kind of rushed, we felt it was a little too soon after the Woody Stephens," Sankar said. "This is a Grade 1, so have to make it count."

Fish Trappe Road has won two of his four races this year in addition to his close finish in the Woody Stephens. He will be returning to the Spa, where he raced twice in maiden special weights as a two-year-old.

"He's just physically and mentally more developed from last year," Sankar said. "He's just a playful colt."

Fish Trappe Road photo courtesy of NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography