Golden Shaheen entrant Bushwacker jogged the wrong way 1 3/8 miles and then galloped 1/2 mile under Walter Cicero, assistant to trainer William Currin. Cicero said, "He's going to be the winner. The horse feels great. I think he's going to be the best horse in the race. He's very happy, he likes the track and feels
comfortable." He won the Vernon O. Underwood in December then finished last in the Sunshine Millions Sprint in January last time out.