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.”