Trot NA Cup Spring Book: #2


"He looks to have 15 to 18 starts this year. We'll just take care of him and just keep him healthy and he'll take care of himself."

The countdown to the 2013 North America Cup is on, with Trot Magazine profiling the horses predicted to be the top contenders for the prestigious pacing event set for Saturday, June 15 at Mohawk Racetrack.

Odds On Equuleus has been assessed odds of 9-2 in Trot's 2013 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, ranked at #2. Trot Insider talked to trainer Robin Schadt for an update on the Art Major homebred.

Odds On Equuleus - lifetime mark

Where did he winter and when did you start back with him?

"We went home [to Illinois] after his last start in Lexington, he was turned out at the farm. We have 100 acres there. When the bus went to Florida Thanksgiving weekend, he went to Florida and I turned him out at a farm in Palm City. He was there until about the first of January and then he came into the Trotting Center."

Have you noticed any changes from last year to this year?

"Physically he's filled out nicely which is what we all hope for. Mentally he's realized he's a teenager now. His attitude has always been great."

He qualified last Saturday, winning in 1:52.4. Will he qualify again?

"We're going to qualify back on the 11th of May. So he'll get this week off, and qualify back."

What does his tentative schedule look like before the NA Cup?

"His first start if all goes well is the 18th in the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon. From there, there's a week off and then we're on our way to Canada for the Somebeachsomewhere and the NA Cup."

What does his tentative schedule look like after the NA Cup?

"He has the Meadowlands Pace but I try not to look too far ahead."