and Beggarthyneighbor breezed in
company Sunday morning over the Belmont
Park training track,
covering five furlongs in 1:01.45. Both horses are expected to start next in
Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore Stakes at seven furlongs.
“They breezed really well,” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant
to trainer Chad Brown. “Chad
didn’t want them to do too much, just work within themselves, and they
did. They came out of it well, and they’ve been cooling out fine.”
Hardened Wildcat and Beggarthyneighbor finished 1-2, respectively in
the six-furlong Fred “Cappy” Capossela over the inner track at
Aqueduct on March 10. That win was the third consecutively for New Farm’s
Hardened Wildcat, earning the gelded son of Hard Spun a career high Beyer Speed
Figure of 98.
Beggarthyneighbor, a Half Ours colt who is campaigned by Klaravich
Stables and William H. Lawrence, has never finished outside the trifecta in
five lifetime starts, with a record of 2-1-2 including a stakes win at Laurel
Park on January 28.
How Do I Win, a
likely Bay Shore contender from the barn of
Todd Pletcher, turned in his final work for the race on Friday, breezing a
half-mile over the training track in 48.67.
How Do I Win was third in the Fred “Cappy” Capossela,
having been turned back in distance after a pair of fourth-place finishes
behind expected Wood starter Alpha in the Count Fleet (one mile, 70 yards) and
the Grade 3 Withers (1 1/16 miles).
“We sort of had some lofty goals for him,” said Mike
McCarthy, Pletcher’s assistant. “He showed a fair bit in Saratoga before he ever
started, and he’s training well.”
In his lone start over Aqueduct’s main track last fall, the
Repole Stable color-bearer galloped home a three-length allowance victor going