Todd Pletcher has a trio of Grade 1 contenders scheduled to breeze
Sunday morning, with Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner
Palace Malice and Grade 1 Haskell winner Verrazano going out at 8:45 a.m. on the main track in preparation for the Travers on August 24 and Princess of Sylmar set for a 6 a.m. work, also on the main track, for Saturday's Alabama.
this stage of these horses' season, having in Palace Malice's case just
run a mile and a half and a mile and an eighth, with a lot of training
between the Belmont and the Jim Dandy, I think we're at a point where
we're just trying to keep them in peak condition," said Pletcher. "While
these breezes are important, I think we have, with each of them, very
fit horses. It's just a matter of trying to keep them going.
Verrazano's case, he ran a mile and an eighth on a very deep racetrack
and handled it well," he added. "He showed he's very fit as well. So,
it's just a matter of not under-doing it. They've got not only great
foundations but some recency as well. Hopefully, we can just keep them
as good as they are at the moment."
of Sylmar, who validated her Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks win with a victory
in the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks earlier in the meet, will
have a maintenance half-mile work, said Pletcher.
already had a run at the meet and has already had a good half-mile
breeze," he said. "In her case, we're just trying to do the same thing,
keep her as good as she is at the moment. Hopefully, she'll get some
conditioning out of it and still leave something in the tank."
The trainer said Silsita, who was scratched from today's Auntie Mame, likely will resurface in the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid on August 18.
felt the Lake Placid was coming up a reasonably good spot considering
its Grade 2 status," he said. "It sounds like the Ramsey filly that won
the Lake George [Kitten's Dumplings] is now going to Del Mar, and this
gives us an extra eight days off her last win [July 20]. We just felt
like there were more pros all the way around."