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Law Professor Set For Return In Woodward

Manny Franco guides Law Professor to an authoritative win in the Queens County at Aqueduct

Twin Creeks Racing Stable's graded stakes winner Law Professor, last seen finishing a distant sixth in the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 19, will return in Saturday's $400,000 Woodward (G2)  at Belmont at the Big A. He was second in last year's Grade 1 edition of the 1 1/8-mile event.

Trained by Rob Atras, the 5-year-old Constitution gelding received a freshening after racing seven times at five different tracks from September through May, including open-lengths victories at Aqueduct in the Queens County in January and Excelsior in April.

“He went home to Twin Creeks Farm for 30 days and got a real good freshening and came back looking really good,” trainer Rob Atras said. “He put some weight on, which he needed. He'd been in training for a while and shipping around a lot, so I think he needed it.”

The versatile Law Professor, who won the restricted Tapit last September at Kentucky Downs, made the grade in an off-the-turf edition of the 2021 Santa Anita Mathis Mile (G2) when in the care of conditioner Michael McCarthy.

Law Professor was a game runner-up in last year's Woodward, battling with multiple Grade 1 winner Life Is Good the length of the lane and falling just 1 1/4-lengths short. He is slated to face a strong field on his return, including Grade 1 winner Zandon, dual graded stakes-winner Charge It, and Dubai World Cup (G1) runner-up Algiers.

“If we were shipping to face those kind, we probably wouldn't do it off the bench,” Atras said. “But we get to run at Aqueduct, which he seems to like, and we've been able to put quite a bit of good training into him. I'm hopeful he'll run a good race.”

Law Professor returned to Atras' barn in July and has since breezed seven times over the Belmont dirt training track, including a half-mile effort in 48.52 last Sunday. He was scheduled to breeze this morning but wet conditions have pushed the work back one day.

“I galloped him this morning. He's doing everything we need – I was just looking for a light half. We'll probably do it tomorrow now,” Atras said.

Manny Franco, aboard for both stakes scores here, will retain the mount in the Woodward.

Atras also noted that Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Kentucky homebred Harrodsburg is set to resume training after being sidelined with an injury following a third-place finish in the Dwyer (G3) on July 1 at Belmont Park.

The sophomore Constitution gelding graduated impressively in his March debut at Aqueduct and earned a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure for a close runner-up effort against older allowance company in May at Belmont.

“He came out of the race with a knee injury, which required surgery,” Atras said. “I was devastated as I thought he had a real bright future. He has a tremendous amount of ability that horse.”

Atras said that Harrodsburg is likely to resume light training in the next few weeks.

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