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Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out a quartet of juveniles on Monday morning for their final works in preparation for likely starts next Sunday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack.


Maiden winners Ari the Adventurer and Stopchargingmaria are penciled in for the 6 ½-furlong Adirondack, while Danza and Corfu are under consideration for the Saratoga Special.


Owned by Stonestreet Stable, Ari the Adventuruer was a 6 ¾-length winner on July 11 at Belmont Park, earning an 83 Beyer Speed Figure for covering 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.05, while Stopchargingmaria earned an 85 Beyer for her victory in 1:04.69 on opening day at Saratoga.


"I thought they both ran extremely well first time out," said Pletcher, who has won the Adirondack three times, including last year's edition with Kauai Katie. "I thought they were both professional, came away from the gate in good order and were pretty straightforward."


In his maiden win, Danza, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, was a three-quarter length winner on July 12 at Belmont, completing 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.54 and earning a 68 Beyer.  


"I thought Danza's race was better than the numbers suggest," said Pletcher, who is seeking his first Saratoga Special victory. "It was a long way back to third, and I thought it was a good professional first out."


Corfu, who carries the colors of Michael Tabor, was a front-running winner of his debut on July 25 at the Spa, completing the five furlongs in 58.27.

"He survived a significant speed duel and should improve for having run," said Pletcher.


On Saturday morning, Pletcher sent out Charming Kitten, most recently second in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, and Grade 3 Hill Prince winner Notacatbutallama to work a half-mile in 50.02 in preparation for the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Friday.


"They both worked well," Pletcher said.




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