(Last week - 7) If Gleneagles gets to the Classic as trainer Aidan O’Brien hopes, he should be a fresh horse. Most recently, he was scratched from the Irish Champion Stakes (taken by Epsom Derby hero Golden Horn, who amazingly wasn’t DQed….watch it on YouTube) due to a soft turf condition that O’Brien believes his horse dislikes. The enter-and-scratch pattern has repeated itself throughout the summer. “It’s the fourth time he’s been trained for a race,” O’Brien said. “I’m sorry for everybody but it’s the right thing for the horse.” When he has gotten the firm ground he prefers, Gleneagles is a perfect 3-for-3 this year. He hasn’t run since the St. James’s Palace Stakes in mid-July at Royal Ascot, having earlier taken the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the English 2,000 Guineas, and presumably he now will be pointed for the Oct. 17 Qipco British Champions. That would give Gleneagles only two weeks to the Classic plus a trans-Atlantic flight, but if he comes out of the Ascot race well, the schedule is doable given his lack of racing so far this year. Gleneagles has never gone farther than a mile, but has the kind of tactical speed that translates well to American dirt racing. Pedigree-wise, though, he’s a mixed bag for dirt. His sire, Galileo, finished 6th in the 2001 Classic. Three of Galileo’s sons have competed in dirt Breeders’ Cup races, all in the Marathon: one was eased, one was beaten 40 lengths and the other beaten 20 lengths. But Gleneagles’ dam is a full-sister to Giant’s Causeway, who lost by a neck to Tiznow in the 2000 Classic.