Multiple stakes winner King Kreesa,
most recently second to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the
Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap, breezed five furlongs on the training
track in 1:01.51 Saturday morning in preparation for his second Grade 1
start, Saturday's $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.
was the second work since the Fourstardave for the 4-year-old New
York-bred gelding, who developed an abscess in his foot following the
race and missed 10 days of training, said trainer Jeremiah Englehart.
he missed some time we were thinking about giving him another week and
skipping the race," he said. "He was a little eager last week [four
furlongs in 48.13] but today, Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] was really happy with
him and said he handled everything fine."
in last year's Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap, King Kreesa is 2-1-2 in five
starts this year including victories in the Kingston and the Grade 3
Poker. The 1 ½-mile Turf Classic will be his first start beyond 1 1/8