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Stay Thirsty Leads Pletcher Workers

Stay Thirsty (no. 9), ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, wins the 142nd running of the grade 1 Travers Stakes for three year olds on August 27, 2011 at Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

A pair of graded stakes winners continued their preparations for upcoming stakes with both Stay Thirsty and In Lingerie working four furlongs on the main track for trainer Todd Pletcher on Sunday.

 

Third in the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks in her most recent start on July 21, In Lingerie was timed in 48.59 seconds with 2011 Travers and Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty checking in at 49.10 seconds, according to NYRA clockers.

 

“Both worked well and are on schedule for their respective races,” Pletcher said.

 

Winless in two starts this year, finishing off the board in the Grade 2 Suburban on July 7, Stay Thirsty is being pointed to the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on September 1.

 

In Lingerie, who captured the Grade 3 Bourbonette and Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan prior to the Coaching Club, will make her next start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama for 3-year-old fillies on August 18.

 

Pletcher, who has saddled eight 2-year-old winners at the meet thus far, plans to work four of his juveniles on Monday: Kauai Katie and Can’t Explain, who are under consideration for Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for fillies, and Drum Roll and Shanghai Bobby, each targeting the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special the same day.

 

Pletcher said Dogwood Stable’s 2-year-old Palace Malice emerged from his 3 ½-length maiden victory on Saturday in good order, and may come back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful on closing day, September 3.

 

“He seemed to come out of it well,” Pletcher said. “[Dogwood owner] Mr. [Cot] Campbell and I spoke briefly after the race about possibly the Hopeful if things go according to plan.”

 

Pletcher added the Three Chimneys Hopeful is also possible for Let’s Go Stable’s Jocosity, a 7 ½-length maiden winner on Friday.

 

Meanwhile, Pletcher will take his time picking the next spot for Dominus, who returned from nearly a year-long layoff to capture Saturday’s finale, a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance, by 4 ¼ lengths.

 

“So far, he came out of the race well,” Pletcher said. “We’ll give it a few days and see.”

 

Plans are also up in the air for Rule and Caixa Eletronica, who ran last and next-to-last, respectively, of nine horses in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney.

 

“I’m not sure where either one would run, but I would say they’re doubtful for the Woodward,” Pletcher said. “Both came out of the race in good order. Nothing really unfolded as we thought it might. I thought Caixa Eletronica was in a really good spot at the three-eighths pole and then just kind of flattened out a little bit. Rule was never really able to get into the position we hoped for and flattened out as well. We’ll regroup with both.”

 

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