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Dilger Points Wired Bryan to Hopeful

Anstu Stables’ Wired Bryan returned to the worktab Monday morning, his first breeze since finishing second by a nose in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on August 11.

Trained by Michael Dilger, Wired Bryan was clocked in 1:00.88 for five furlongs over the Oklahoma training track, the fastest of nine horses at the distance.

Given the work, and the way he has trained since his last race, Dilger is pointing the Stormy Atlantic colt to the Grade 1 Hopeful on September 2.

“We wanted a good work this morning, [and] good horses work fast,” said Dilger. “I’m very pleased with the way he worked. As long as he’s fine tomorrow, we’ll go ahead an enter him for Monday.”

Should Wired Bryan run in the Hopeful, he would be the first horse to compete in all three of Saratoga’s graded juvenile stakes since City Zip swept the Sanford, Saratoga Special and Hopeful in 2000.

Afleet Alex won the Sanford and Hopeful in 2004, a year in which the Saratoga Special was not run.

A debut winner at Belmont Park on June 19, Wired Bryan came back to romp by 5 ¼ lengths in the Sanford on July 21, running six furlongs in 1:11.06. In the Saratoga Special, he chased the winner, Corfu, around the track, coming up a nose short at the wire.

“It was a tough race for both horses,” said Dilger, “but I’m very happy with his weight and his overall condition since that race, and I’m very pleased with the way he worked this morning. I’m looking forward to the race.”

 

 

 

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