an eye on the Grade 1 Travers, trainer Dallas Stewart gave Kentucky
Derby runner-up Commanding Curve a five-furlong work over the main track
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, the
3-year-old son of Master Command breezed in 1:01.58 on the main track,
the eighth-fastest of 37 horses at the distance.
"He went very well," Stewart said. "It
was a good workout. He drank a lot of water and finished up good. It
will tighten him up really good. He's not a superior work horse, but he
put a lot of effort in today."
Commanding Curve broke his maiden at
Churchill Downs to end his 2-year-old season and is winless in five
starts at 3, all in graded stakes. He was third in the Grade 2 Louisiana
Derby prior to the Kentucky Derby, where he came from next-to-last to
run second, 1 ¾ lengths behind California Chrome.
Ninth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes,
Commanding Curve wound up fourth behind fellow Travers contenders Wicked
Strong, Tonalist and Kid Cruz in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on
"We've been pushing him. We're going to
see what happens," Stewart said. "He's got to pick his game up. He's got
to improve six, eight, 10 lengths to win. He's been strong and
consistent. Throw out the Belmont and he's been knocking at the door, so
we'll see what happens."
Canadian classic winner Coltimus Prime
got acquainted with Saratoga's main track on Saturday, working five
furlongs in 1:05 for trainer Justin Nixon. It was the first breeze for
the Milwaukee Brew colt since winning the second leg of Canada's Triple
Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes, at Fort Erie on July 29.
Another Travers contender, Curlin Stakes
runner-up Charge Now, went five furlongs on the Oklahoma training track
in a bullet 1:01.45, fastest of 18 horses at the distance. He is trained
by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for WinStar Farms.