candidate Liaison put in his final
timed workout Sunday in preparation for the “Mid-Summer Derby” on August
25. Under exercise rider Simon
Harris, Liaison clocked five furlongs in 1:00.05 on the
Saratoga main track, the
eighth-fastest of 29 works at the distance.
“Out in 12 and
change,” Baffert said, referring to the gallop-out time for the extra furlong.
won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity as a 2-year-old, finished third in his most
recent start, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, behind Travers probables Alpha and Neck ‘n Neck.
Also working on
the main track for Baffert was 3-year-old sprinter Gun Boat, who turned in his final work
for the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop at seven furlongs on Travers
“He worked out
of the gate,” Baffert said after Gun Boat drilled five furlongs in 58.47
seconds, second-best of 29 works at the distance. “I wanted to sharpen him up
because he didn’t work well last time.”
Saratoga at the barn of trainer John Terranova
after his troubled effort in the Grade 2 Amsterdam on July 29. On that day, he
fell to his face coming out of the gate and finished sixth.
Baffert will ship his Grade 1,
$500,000 Test candidate Contested
Saratoga. The Ghostzapper filly blazed six
furlongs in 1:09.40 at
Del Mar on Sunday.
Baffert assistant Jim Barnes will
travel Contested, whose four-race winning streak was snapped when she finished
last in the Grade 1 Mother Goose at 1 1/16 miles on June 23 at