Still In Deep

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Fish Trappe Road jumps back into the New York-bred pool on what could be another wet day at Saratoga Race Course in today’s $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes.

Fish Trappe Road, winner of the Grade 3 Dwyer and second in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens last year as a 3-year-old, hasn’t faced state-breds since the fall of his 2-year-old season. The 4-year-old son of Trappe Shot comes into the 6 1/2-furlong John Morrissey on a seven-race losing streak that trainer Bret Calhoun hopes to turn around back in the colt’s native state.

“I think we’ve shattered his confidence a little bit and you know, with a horse like him, there’s really no soft spots to come back for a confidence builder,” a rain soaked Calhoun said Tuesday morning while sitting on a bucket under cover in his portable shed, outside his end of his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track. “So, here we are, we’re in another tough spot. But I think we’re more at a distance that’s more to his liking around one-turn.”

Unfortunately for the colt that hasn’t faced state-breds since the 2015 Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont, the level doesn’t get any less deep than where he’s been running recently.

“I had planned on sending him to Belmont a few months ago for a New York-bred stake and I looked at the nom’s and I said, ‘there’s no sense in putting him on a van to ship all the way up there to face those,’ ” Calhoun said. “They’ve got a really good group of New York-breds in his division right now.”

To read the rest of the John Morrissey preview download Thursday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special.