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The Lumber Guy Targeting Jerome Stakes

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Promising 3-year-old The Lumber Guy, fifth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, will look to regain his winning ways in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome at Aqueduct.

The Jerome will require a two-week turnaround for The Lumber Guy, who will be cutting back from 1 1/8 miles to one mile.

“It’s back quicker than I’d like, but I’m anxious to run him in a one-turn mile,” said Michael Hushion, who trains The Lumber Guy for Barry Schwartz. “I think that’s the key, a one-turn mile. A rider can just come out there real quietly, wherever he wants to take him, and make them sort it out for a half mile down the backside.”

Even though Hushion is eager to have The Lumber Guy, who won Laurel Park’s seven-furlong Miracle Wood in February, cut back in distance, the trainer has not eliminated the possibility of stretching him out again later in his career.

“I’m still figuring out what his best distance is,” said Hushion. “Physically, he’d definitely go long, but mentally he’s not ready to go long. Hopefully he’ll start to get the idea and not get panicky once he gets set off a little bit.”

NYRA Press contributed to this report.

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