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More Than Real Readies for Return

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real breezed on the Belmont Park turf as she works toward a 3-year-old debut for trainer Todd Pletcher.

 

“It’s very exciting to have a Breeders’ Cup winner, that’s why you’re in this game,” said Flay, who is well known for his role in many Food Network shows, including Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Iron Chef America. “More Than Real is very special to me. She spent the winter in Florida so I only got to see her once. She went very well this morning although we didn’t ask a lot of her. It’s always nice to see them come back well from two to three.”

 

It was the first turf work of the year for the More Than Ready miss, who went four furlongs in 51.93 over the course labeled good. The horses that ran 2-3 behind her in the Breeders’ Cup, Winter Memories and Kathmanblu, have both already returned to win graded races in 2011.

 

Jonathan Thomas, assistant trainer to Pletcher, said there are no immediate plans for where the talented filly will make her 3-year-old debut. She had two previous dirt works this year, both three-furlong breezes at Palm Meadows on April 17 and April 24, before arriving at Belmont on April 26.

 

The first stakes race for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont this year is the Grade 2 Sands Point on Memorial Day, May 30, at the distance of 1 1/16 miles.

 

Also on the worktab for Pletcher Sunday morning at Belmont were graded stakes winners Life At Ten and Awesome Maria, as well as Hudson Steele, who turned in his final work before a planned start in next Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Fort Marcy on the turf.

 

Candy DeBartolo’s Life At Ten worked for the second time since a runner-up finish in her season debut, an allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream on April 10, drilling a bullet half-mile in 47.56 over the Belmont training oval.

 

“We thought she went very well,” Thomas noted.

 

E. Paul Robsham Stables’Awesome Maria, winner of the Grade 3 Rampart at Gulfstream on April 2, also turned in her second work back, covering a half-mile on the training track in 49.03.

 

Finally, Hudson Steele, whom Pletcher trains for Roger Weiss, worked a half-mile toward the Fort Marcy in 49.93 over the main track.

 

“We felt it was a good work with a strong gallop out,” Thomas said. Hudson Steele won the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park in August and did not race again until winning his 2011 debut in a third-level optional claimer at Gulfstream on April 3.

 

 

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