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Authenticity Gears Up for Personal Ensign

Authenticity, winner of the Grade 3, $200,000 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap, breezed a half-mile in 51.36 seconds Monday morning in advance of her next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational on August 25.


"I was kind of on the fence as to whether to work her two or three times in between races," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "She'd been getting a little more aggressive in her gallops, like she wanted to do something, so we just let her have an easy breeze on her own this morning and let her come back with a little more solid work."


Also on the worktab was last year's Juvenile Champion, Shanghai Bobby, who went three furlongs in 38.00 seconds in his second official work since being diagnosed with a slight pelvic stress fracture after his fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30 at Gulfstream Park.


"We're easing into it," said Pletcher, "and so far, so good. He jumped right back into it and is ready to go a half next week. Obviously, he's a very talented horse and it's nice to have him back and get him ready for a fall campaign."


The trainer reported that all went well as his quartet of juveniles breezed Monday for possible starts in next Sunday's stakes. Stopchargingmaria was caught in 49.40 seconds for a half-mile and Untapable in 49.98 for the Grade 2 Adirondack, with Danza and Corfu clocked in 1:01.01 for five furlongs for the Grade 2 Saratoga Special.


"All the works went according to plan," he said. "We need to see how they all come out of it. We'll talk to the owners and make a decision, probably tomorrow."


Pletcher added that Caixa Eletronica, last of five in Sunday's Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, emerged from the race in good order and could return to action at the Spa before the end of the meet.


"He actually was running well at the end; he just sort of lost contact with the field," he said. "We love him. Win, lose or draw, we love him."




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