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Moreno Finishes Strong in Travers Workout

On Sunday, Travers Stakes contender Moreno worked six furlongs on the main track in 1:12.01, breezing, as colorful trainer Eric Guillot watched from the grandstand.

 

Guillot, a California resident from New Iberia, La., stood next to Todd Pletcher, who was watching his own Travers horses, Palace Malice and Verrazano, work out.

 

Moreno made a strong pace in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27 then faded to third after battling into the stretch with eventual winner Palace Malice.

 

Guillot joked that he tried to convince Pletcher to work one of his horses in company with Moreno. Then he said he was delighted with what his horse had done.

 

"He finished like a freight train, galloped out in 1:24 2/5," he said. "He's like smoked ham - always ready. Put it on the dashboard, put it on the counter, put it in the trunk of your car - smoked ham is always ready."

 

Since the Jim Dandy, Guillot has jokingly insisted he would apply "bear grease" to Moreno's tail and send the gelding directly to the front in the Travers.

 

"Todd needs to acclimate Palace Malice and Verrazano to bear," Guillot said. "He needs to go to the zoo and acclimate his horse for bear because when I paint that bear grease in Moreno's tail and get on the lead, the horse is in fear of the bear. They have bears in the New York zoo, right?"

 

 

 

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