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.