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Princess of Sylmar Targets Alabama; Authenticity Eyes Personal Ensign

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.”

 

  

 

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