who will carry the Godolphin Racing silks in the 144th running of the
Grade 1, $1 million Travers, had his final serious move for next
Saturday's "Mid-Summer Derby" this morning, breezing four furlongs in
49.92 seconds on Saratoga Race Course's main track.
worked well," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin of Transparent, who
finished first but was disqualified to fifth in the Curlin on July 26,
his first race since April 4. "Being that he had 112 days off before his
last race, we're happy to get a couple of works into him. It was a true
prep, the Curlin. We're happy with his work. We're heading to the
who trained co-winner Alpha in last year's Travers, has saddled
Transparent to two victories in four starts this year, including a
maiden win on January 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack and the 10 ¾-length win
over older horses in April, both for Darley Stable.
minor issue after another kept Transparent out of the races, but
McLaughlin is pleased with how well the colt has been doing since
crossing the finish line two lengths ahead of Romansh in the Curlin.
been great," said McLaughlin. "He hasn't missed a day, that's what's
nice. He had a lot of gaps in his works before he ran, so now that we've
gotten a race and two works, we're happy. We're not happy with the
competition, but we're happy with him."
Also on the worktab for McLaughlin was Alpha, who went a half-mile in 50.88 on the main track.