NEW YORK -- The reigning Queen of the Turf spent a relaxed day in her stall at Belmont Park yesterday as her owners plotted their next step.
Having thrashed Meadow Star in Saturday's Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, Lite Light is likely to race fillies again, but not until the fall. At an informal news conference yesterday at Hollywood Park, owners M.C. Hammer and his family said Lite Light will rest for a spell and then prepare for races in September. She is scheduled to leave Belmont for her base at the northern California tracks tomorrow or Wednesday.
There had been speculation that Lite Light would take on the colts in the July 27 Haskell at Monmouth Park.
"I think we'll go home and give her a rest," assistant trainer John Jenkins said. "The Burrells know that [trainer] Jerry [Holdendorfer] is a horseman and that he knows what he's talking about. I think the scheduled plan is to go home and put her in light training for about 60 days. Then there may be an exhibition stake for her at Bay Meadows."
Meadow Star, who suffered her first career defeat vs. fillies, came out of the Coaching Club in good shape and likely will compete next in the Aug. 10 Alabama at Saratoga.
Unless the Burrell family changes its plans, the next Meadow Star-Lite Light meeting will not take place until the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs.