John Shirreffs Gears Honor A.P. Back Up for the Santa Anita Derby

Millie Ball caught up with trainer John Shirreffs to discuss getting Honor A.P. back to speed in time for the Santa Anita Derby, slated for June 6th.

Millie: Mike Smith worked Honor A.P. seven-eighths of a mile in consecutive weeks. How did the most recent work compare to the one a week prior?

John: I thought Honor A.P. ‘s second seven-eighths was much better than his first. I really liked the way he repeated his stride all the way around. When horses are going at workout speeds they are exercising anaerobically, so when you’re going a long distance I like to be a little bit conservative so I can judge how the horse is doing in his recovery phase.

Millie: Will your focus continue to be on building stamina over the next few weeks or will you be concentrating on something else?

John: Now we are going to concentrate on sharpening Honor A.P. with his workouts, so they will be shorter and maybe a little bit faster. And at least one of his workouts will be in company.

John Shirreffs Gears Honor A.P. Back Up for the Santa Anita Derby

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