Gary Contessa seemed pleased with what he saw physically and mentally
on Friday morning after Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial
hopeful Uncle Sigh had an easy gallop around Belmont Park's training track, his second day back after a six-furlong work in 1:15.12 on Tuesday.
handled everything really well; he could care less," said Contessa of
the bay son of Indian Charlie. "He's cool, calm and collected. He's got
the right mental frame for all of this. Whether we make it or not to the
show, if he does, mentally, he is on par. He'll look at 150,000 people
and say, 'Eh, whatever.' That's such a huge asset."
Contessa said he would like to get one more breeze into Uncle Sigh prior to the Wood, either on Monday or Tuesday.
week I wanted to work him Saturday, and it didn't work out," he said.
"It looks like it'll be OK to work him Monday or Tuesday. That would be
the game plan. He had a sensational work the other day. Galloped out a
mile in 1:43; he could probably run off that. I don't feel like I'm
under any pressure to say 'Oh, he absolutely has to work Monday.' If he
doesn't work Monday, he'll work Tuesday, maybe an easy half-mile or
by Wounded Warrior Stables, Uncle Sigh enters the 1 1/8-mile Wood off a
pair of narrow losses to undefeated Samraat in the Grade 3 Withers and
the Grade 3 Gotham, races Contessa likened to Rocky and Rocky II.
"Maybe this will be Rocky III," said Contessa.