Champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus will contest a qualifier at The Meadowlands in New Jersey on Sunday morning (NZ time).
After an impressive private trial on that track last week for his new trainer Jimmy Takter, the decision has been made to push the button on the next stage of his preparation.
“I'm thrilled with how the horse worked on his own and he paced the mile as a schooling exercise in 1.51.2,” he told local media after the workout.
Takter will get a good line on Lazarus in the qualifier as he is down to race crack three-year-old colt Lather Up, winner of last month’s US$1 Million North America Cup.
Lazarus, the third-richest Down Under pacer of all time, with over $3.8 Million in earnings, was sold to the Kentucky-based Taylor Made Stallions in April.
He won 35 of 45 starts for previous trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, including two New Zealand Cups, a Victoria Cup and the Inter Dominion Grand Final in Perth.