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Fast Falcon Confirmed for Travers

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Fast Falcon worked five furlongs in 1:00.54 Friday morning over the main track at Saratoga Race Course, after which Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said it was very likely the colt would be entered in next Saturday’s Grade 1 Travers.

 

“He worked super and galloped out strong,” Zito said. “I just want to call [owner] Richard Pell and make sure we’re on the same page, but I’m fine with it. He’s going to be a long shot, which I like.”

 

The 3-year-old son of Awesome Again was most recently seventh over a sloppy track in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy. He finished second behind Teeth of the Dog at Belmont Park in both the Grade 2 Dwyer on June 30 and the Easy Goer overnight stakes on June 9.

 

“It was a slow pace, and I don’t think he liked it,” said Zito about the disappointing Jim Dandy performance. “He wasn’t himself. This is what makes an interesting story about a long shot. That’s what I’m here to do.”

 

Zito has run 26 horses in the Travers, winning the race in 2004 with Birdstone, and finishing second five times and third thrice.

 

Jockey Junior Alvarado worked Fast Falcon this morning and will ride in the Travers, according to Zito.

 

 

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