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Liaison Completes Travers Preparations

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Travers 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.

 

Liaison, who 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 Day.

 

“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.”

 

Gun Boat remained in 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 tomorrow to 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 Belmont.

 

 

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