Andrew Lerner looks forward to next Saturday when he leads Uncle Boogie in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., But he has greater anticipation in play on Sunday. The 31-year-old coach is marrying his longtime sweetheart, Katie.
“We’ve been together for seven years and we were going to get married in June,” Lerner said on Saturday morning after working on Uncle Boogie on four stages under Flavian Prat, who rides father’s Florida son Curlin Ride the Curlin in the 100,000. $ Sham for 3 year olds one mile away.
“We were expecting to have a bigger wedding with around 200 people at the time, but the Malibu venue called us and said if we wanted it with dancing and no masks, no social distancing, we’ll have to wait until 2022.
“We didn’t want to do that, so we decided December 27, which is tomorrow with just immediate family, so it will be a small wedding with about 19 people.”
Meanwhile, back on the track, Uncle Boogie flew off this morning “and Flavien loved his job,” Lerner said. “The horse went well with Miss Glorious. I had it in 48 and I changed and it galloped well. As long as it comes out well from the work we plan to lead.
Otherwise, Lerner “tries to recharge for the next meeting with the two-year-olds who arrive and recycles our stock a bit.”
Uncle Boogie won his first race, a first of $ 32,000 on Oct. 12 at Santa Anita, by 6 in length, and finished second of his last two, including the G3 Bob Hope which completed seven stadiums at Del Mar on November 15.
His racing style indicates he should love the extra distances of the Sham, a starting point on the Triple Crown Trail that offers 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third and one to the fourth.
The colt is owned by Eric Homme, “a great owner and a really nice guy,” Lerner said. “He entered the game two years ago taking fractional percentages of horses. Uncle Boogie is the first horse he owns on his own.
Looks like congratulations are in order.
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