and Warrior’s Reward
candidates for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego, turned in workouts over the Saratoga main track
Trained by Tony Dutrow, Charitable Man breezed four furlongs
in 49.09, ranked 22nd among 48 horses who worked out at the
“We’ve had him in Saratoga
for a while, and he’s been doing fantastic,” said Dutrow of the Mr. and Mrs.
William K. Warren colorbearer. “We believe he’s at his very best.”
Dutrow is unsure whether Charitable Man will compete in the
Forego and will continue to evaluate the 2009 Grade 2 Peter Pan winner.
The Forego would be Charitable Man’s second start following
a fourth-place finish in last year’s Travers when he raced for trainer Kiaran
McLaughlin. In his comeback bid, Charitable Man was second in a six-furlong
optional claimer at Delaware
Park on August 2.
“I was surprised and disappointed by the race,” said Dutrow.
“I was expecting him to win by 10 lengths. I’m led to believe a supreme
improvement awaits him in his next start.”
Warrior’s Reward, in comparison, is probable for the race
and breezed five furlongs in 1:05.55, fourth best among 22 workers.
Second in last year’s Grade 2 Jim Dandy, Warrior’s Reward
will remain in one-turn races for the duration of the year.
“Any distance he wins at is ideal,” said Wilkes of Warrior’s
Reward, who won the Grade 1, seven-furlong Carter Handicap in April and was
sixth in the Grade 1, one-mile Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day last time
out. “I do like the one-turn races for him, like those at six furlongs, seven
furlongs, and maybe a mile.”
Wilkes revealed that Warrior’s Reward, owned by A. Stevens
Miles, Jr., could have one more workout prior to Sunday’s race, a seven-furlong
event on the main track.
“We’ll watch him,” he said. “He’ll tell me. We still have
eight days before we run.”