Life At Ten, whose six-race win streak will be put on
the line against reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1
Personal Ensign on August 29, came out of Tuesday’s work in good order, said
trainer Todd Pletcher.
The winner of the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps worked a half-mile in
a moderate 51.46 by herself under exercise rider Patti Barry.
“She came out of it very well,” said Pletcher. “She will
work five furlongs, in company, next Monday.”
Friday, Pletcher will saddle Interactif in the Grade
2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, his second start back on the
turf since a foray onto the Triple Crown trail. The Broken Vow colt is cutting
back to 1 1/8th miles from the 1 ¼ miles of the Virginia Derby, in
which he was second to Paddy O’Prado.
“I think he’s handled a variety of distances well,” said
Pletcher of Interactif, who has won at distances ranging from five furlongs to
1 1/16th miles. “He’s also a horse that has run well on all three
surfaces. With the Belmont
[seventh behind Drosselmeyer] we were taking a shot. We knew we were stepping
out, but it was based on how he was doing at the time and the field that was
assembled for the race.”
He added that Take the Points, who was not entered in
Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer because of an ankle issue, continues to make
progress and could be back on the track by Thursday.
“We are going to play it day-by-day,” said Pletcher of the
dual Grade 1 winner, most recently second in the Grade 1 United Nations
The 4-year-old Even the Score colt’s scheduled workout on
Monday was put off because of the wrenched ankle, and Pletcher said in order to
have made the Sword Dancer he would have had to work Wednesday.
“Basically, we ran out of time,” Pletcher said.