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Commanding Curve Breezes for Travers

Commanding Curve gallops in preparation for the Belmont Stakes

West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, who is being pointed toward the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, worked this morning over the main track at Saratoga. The Kentucky Derby runner-up breezed a half-mile in 49.44 seconds in company with Knights Nation, galloping out in 1:02 and change with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan up for the breeze.

 

The colt's trainer, Dallas Stewart, was pleased with the work.

 

"He is more of a maintenance horse," said Stewart. "You like to see him get around there good and come back safe and sound. We changed his gallop a bit, to put a little more effort into his gallops. We'll continue on throughout the week and pick up the pace. I don't think we are going to get a lot of improvement if we stay on the same pattern."

 

Stewart is hopeful that the conditions on Travers Day will emulate those his talented colt encountered in the Kentucky Derby when he closed from the back of the pack to finish 1 ¾ lengths behind California Chrome.

 

"Ideally, we want more of a dry track," said Stewart. "We want sunshine if we can get it. The Travers is a mile and quarter so hopefully it will be the same style as the Derby, he'll be laying back, and that he makes that big run."

 

Since the Derby, Commanding Curve finished ninth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and most recently fourth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy.

 

"Hopefully, he'll have more energy through the stretch [than in the Jim Dandy] and it looks like there is going to be some speed added," said Stewart. "That's real good for us. We need that. Hopefully it will set up good for him."

 

Stewart plans to work Commanding Curve next week in what will likely be his final breeze before the Travers.

 

 

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