Friend Or Foe had his first work Friday since a
fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 31, covering five furlongs
on the Saratoga
main track in 1:00.11 according to NYRA Clockers.
The New York-bred son of Friends Lake
is pointing toward the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million
Travers on Saturday, August 28. He was undefeated in three starts going into
the Jim Dandy, including the $100,000 Mike Lee for New York-breds, which he won
by 2 ½ lengths.
“He went well, it was just what we were looking for,” said
John Kimmel, who trains the colt for Chester
and Mary Broman. “He was pretty sharp off the pole. Rajiv Maragh was in
the irons, and he was pretty conservative through the early part of the
stretch. I think if he had asked him, he would have gone down there faster than
we wanted. He kind of looked like he was just in an open gallop pretty much
from the 3/16ths pole, and then he squeezed him and he went out in
:13 and out again in :14, and that’s what we were looking for.”
Kimmel said that Friend Or Foe would work again next
weekend, with the day depending on the weather.
“We have a couple of days to play with,” said Kimmel. “We
could either go Friday, Saturday, or Sunday next week, whatever day seems like
the weather is going to be good.”
Trainer Dale Romans departed Saratoga
this morning for Kentucky,
where on Saturday he will breeze First Dude, the Preakness runner-up who
subsequently finished third in the Belmont Stakes. It will be the big colt’s
first breeze since he finished third behind Lookin At Lucky and Trappe Shot in
the Haskell Invitational on August 1.
“We’ll probably come here with First Dude, and most likely
go to the Travers,” said Romans.
Working tomorrow at Saratoga
for the Travers will be Jim Dandy winner A Little WarmAfleet
Express, who was third behind A Little Warm and Miner’s Reserve in the Jim
Trappe Shot is also scheduled to breeze in
preparation for either the Travers or the King’s Bishop on the undercard, while
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who finished fourth in the Haskell,
is set to breeze on Sunday, said trainer Todd Pletcher.
Owner and trainer Leon Blusiewicz said maiden winner Admiral
Alex is still on target for the Travers following a five-furlong main track
breeze in 1:02.67 Wednesday morning with jockey Kent Desormeaux up.
“It was just a maintenance
work,” Blusiewicz said. “He wanted to go. He went the last eighth in 11 and
change. The further this horse goes, the better he will be. That’s why I
started racing him at two turns.”
It was the first workout for
Admiral Alex since winning his debut on July 31 here at Saratoga. While Blusiewicz is hopeful about
Admiral Alex, he knows the Travers will be a class test for his horse.
“He’s a good horse and we’re
definitely going to the Travers,” he said. “He’s going to get a test because I
know there are going to be good horses in that race.”