Trainer Dallas Stewart sounded an upbeat note Thursday morning after Golden Soul
worked five furlongs in 1:01.40, breezing, over the Oklahoma training
track in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes on
worked this morning, and he worked great," Stewart said. "Did it easy,
galloped out really good, was on his toes coming home. So, he seems
pretty much ready. I'm happy with the way he cooled out and the way he's
coming up to the race."
Charles Fipke homebred son of Perfect Soul rallied from 15th place to
be second in the Kentucky Derby, and subsequently finished ninth in the
Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and then last of seven in the Grade 1 Haskell
said that when Golden Soul's blood work came back good, his appetite
was strong and he showed good energy on the racetrack in the mornings
after the Haskell, he sent the horse back into training.
paying attention more when they come out of a bad race to see if
anything has come apart that you don't feel good about," Stewart said.
"But, at this point, everybody on my staff, my vet, we all feel good
about the way he's trained for the last three weeks, especially the last
week. He looks like he's come up a level in his training, his energy.
know he's good enough to win it if we have him ready," Stewart said.
"You can't go in there half trained up. You've got to cowboy up and
train this son of a gun, and the horse has to prove it to you. We have
to be ready and make sure the horse is prepared in a way he's supposed
to be prepared, and he's tested every morning with hard training. If
he's not capable, we need to do something else.
he goes out there and goes [five furlongs] in 1:03, you're going to
wonder," he added. "If he works in a minute and he doesn't eat up for
three or four days, and he's not on the bit galloping, and he's not
looking right, you've got some problems. But he's passed all of the good
tests we've laid out for him."
Also working for the Travers was Curlin stakes winner Romansh, who covered five furlongs in 1:01.66 on the main track for trainer Tom Albertrani.