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J W Blue, Tech Fall Work in Company

Travers candidate J W Blue worked four furlongs in company Saturday morning on the main track as a final serious prep for the “Mid-Summer Derby” on Saturday at the Spa.

 

Under exercise rider Ricky Legall, J W Blue ran on the inside of workmate Tech Fall, and the two went around virtually on even terms with J W Blue slightly ahead the entire time. They were close behind another horse working in front of them, and J W Blue reached that horse during his strong gallop-out.

 

Trainer Tony Dutrow said the Sky Mesa colt, second last out in the Barbaro Stakes on July 9, was working 4 ½ furlongs, although the NYRA clockers timed the effort as five furlongs in 1:00.20, eighth best of 40 at the distance. Tech Fall, fourth last out in the Grade 2 Dwyer at Belmont Park, received the same clocking.

 

“J W Blue has never been an impressive work horse,” Dutrow said afterward. “His workouts are workmanlike, and I saw a workmanlike workout today with a very good gallop out. I feel like our horse is well prepared to run Saturday.”

 

J W Blue, a powerfully built, almost blocky dark bay, has tantalized with his talent. He was on the Triple Crown trail in Arkansas this past winter, and then moved to Delaware where he finished second in the Floor Show as well as the Barbaro stakes, his most recent start.

 

“His last race was good,” Dutrow said. “He got a 4 on the Ragozin sheets. We always hoped he was capable. He’s always been an immature horse. These last six weeks he is not immature anymore. He just grew up.”

 

Dutrow was glowing about the performance of his 3-year-old filly Pinch Pie, who finished third in the Grade 1 Alabama at a shade under 19-1, the longest shot on the board.

 

The daughter of Victory Gallop, owned by Michael Dubb, had won two straight races going into the Alabama but was not considered in the same class as the rest of the field.

 

“I was so happy,” Dutrow said. “I can’t express it any better than that. We knew we were putting our necks out there. We were believing our filly would run good. She seems to have come back from the race excellent. She showed energy in the round pen today. Now that I’ve seen her take on better competition, I can look at around at other possibilities.”

 

 

 

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Maybe as 4 year old J W Blue will finally mature and figure out how to break and race like a seasoned professional.
It also seems like the trainer of J W Blue has SAVED his immature colt for a LATER 3 year old CLASSIC race. This trainer came up with a BIG surprise in the Alabama with Pinch Pie. I'm interested in feedback about the Jockey Trainer combination on J W Blue?
J W Blue has been in my virtual stable since the Rebel S. He's really NOT the exciting type of a horse who has legitimate speed, and is being trained to make a late run. He seems to be a natural born closer. Nothing sexy in his workouts, which the trainer comments on in this article. He's a impressively built colt, which the author of this article calls "powerfully built", who seems capable of competing with premier 3 year old's. I actually noticed he ALSO seems immature, before the trainer noted the same fact in this article. NOW the trainer seems to be saying he has grown out of his immaturity. J W Blue has had ONE race since 5-7-11. Has OVER 6 weeks of rest coming into the Travers. Can you find a 3 year old pointing to this race with FRESHER legs? At the END of a grueling 10 furlong race will he make a late run, BASED upon his freshness to win? Until Mike Welsch the official clocker at drf.com gives a more positive sign then he did on Sunday's report (favoring Stay Thirsty's work over J W Blue) I would think J W Blue should remain a gimmick key.

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