In his racing return from a nearly 4 1/2-month layoff, Margoth’s Gunnevera scored by 6 1/2 lengths in the fourth race Aug. 10 at Gulfstream Park and showed he hasn’t lost a step after recovering from a hoof injury.

His connections plan to point the multiple grade 1-placed son of Dialed In  to the Woodward Stakes (G1) Sept. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner, hadn’t raced since an eighth-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) March 31, during which he sustained a nasty hoof injury. The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old was freshened in Ocala, Fla., for two months to give the hoof time to heal before he returned to trainer Antonio Sano’s stable at Gulfstream Park West.

“I’m so happy with my horse coming back after having the time off,” Sano said. “The rider, Edgard Zayas, said the horse is 100%.”

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