Fly Down, set to make his first start against older
horses on Saturday in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, worked four furlongs
yesterday at Saratoga over the Oklahoma Training Track in 46.25, the quickest
of 25 moves at the distance.
“It was very good,” said his Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito,
who yesterday picked up his third victory in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby
with Morning Line, an allowance winner at Saratoga.
“We got what we were looking for.”
Owned by Robert LaPenta, Fly Down won the Grade 2 Dwyer
before going on to finish second in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. The son of
Mineshaft was fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy before being nosed out by Afleet
Express when second in the Grade 1 Travers in his most recent outing.
Jackson Bend, also trained by Zito for LaPenta, put
in a 48.40 four-furlong breeze at Belmont
Sunday morning. The trainer said he has “no immediate plans” for the colt, who
was last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Pegasus at Monmouth Park