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Stay Thirsty Tunes Up for Suburban

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)
Six days out from the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, three leading contenders hit the track Sunday morning to turn in their final breezes prior to the 1 1/8-mile race.


Mike Repole’s Stay Thirsty, working in company with Rule, breezed five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.05 with Javier Castellano aboard. Winner of the 2011 Grade 1 Travers, Stay Thirsty has made one start in 2012, a second to Suburban hopeful Trickmeister in the Vanlandingham overnight stakes on May 17 at Belmont.


“I thought he worked really well,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “Both this work and the one before were like what we saw before the Travers. He’s in good form.”


To Honor and Serve and exercise rider Rudolphe Brisset took to the training track to turn in a 47.56 four-furlong breeze, the third quickest of 62 workouts at the distance. A five-time graded stakes winner whose resume includes a victory in last year’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, the Live Oak homebred looks to regain the winning thread after finishing third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on May 28.


“If all goes well and he comes out of the work happy and is feeling good, then we’ll run him in the Suburban,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. “Hopefully he’ll run well and come back in good enough shape to run in the Whitney [Grade 1, August 4, Saratoga Race Course].”


In a separate four-furlong breeze on the training track, Al Khali, Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable’s contender for the Grade 1 Man o’ War on July 14, was clocked in 47.50. Mott said he also has James S. Karp’s Newsdad under consideration for the race.


In her first workout since her dominant victory in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis on June 16, Benjamin Leon’s Royal Delta traveled four furlongs on the main track in 48.29.


“Nice and smooth,” said Mott. “She did it easy, in hand, striding along. Seems happy.”


Completing the list of Suburban workers was Stuart S. Janney, III’s Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner Hymn Book, who was clocked going four furlongs on the main track in 47.05, the second fastest of 71 moves.


“He’s coming into the race great,” said Buzz Tenney, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer ShugMcGaughey. “He’s an honest, hard-trying horse, and he’ll give a good account of himself.”


Point of Entry, victorious in the Grade 2 Elkhorn and a probable for the Man o’ War for McGaughey and owner Phipps Stable, posted a 1:00.96 five-furlong breeze on the inner turf.




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