Pletcher reported Sunday morning that both Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks winner
Princess of Sylmar and Grade 3 84 Lumber Shuvee Handicap victress
Authenticity emerged from their efforts in good order.
Next up for Princess of Sylmar likely will be the Grade 1
Alabama on August 17, while Authenticity remains on target for the
following weekend’s Grade 1 Personal Ensign
Invitational, in which she is expected to face Royal Delta, 10 ¾-length
winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Delaware Handicap.
“Obviously, if the Royal Delta that ran yesterday shows up in
the Personal Ensign, we’re all running for second,” said Pletcher.
“We’ll give it a try anyway.”
While Palace Malice was the center of attention on the worktab
this morning, Pletcher had a host of other horses prepping for upcoming
stakes, among them
Kauai Katie, who went a half-mile in 50.03 seconds for Saturday’s Grade 1 Prioress, accompanied by
Overanalyze, who is prepping for the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby.
“Neither are overly enthusiastic work horses; they tend to run
better than they breeze so I thought they’d make good mates,” Pletcher
said. “They were head-and-head
throughout and went well.
“Kauai Katie is good at six furlongs; I think she handles seven
very well also,” he added. “We’re hoping for a favorable post position
draw. She showed she likes
Saratoga here last year [maiden win and Grade 2 Adirondack victory], so we’ll see what we can do.”
Cross Traffic, nosed out in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap last time, worked in 1:00.86 in company with Midnight Taboo as he readies
for a start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 3.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Pletcher said of the 4-year-old
Unbridled’s Song colt, who in his first stakes start was beaten a head
by Flat Out in the Grade 3 Westchester.
“He’s been so fast, it’s hard to imagine him being too far off the pace
going 1 1/8 miles, but there is some other speed in there so we’ll just
have to see. We’re not going to look to take him back, but hopefully he
will relax a little bit going two turns.
I think he’s got the type of personality that suggests he will.”