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Viva Majorca, Ulanbator Breeze for Travers

Saratoga Race Course 2014.
Photo: chelsea durand, NYRA

Marylou Whitney's Viva Majorca and Mary Ann Charlston's Ulanbator, both being pointed to the Grade 1 Travers, each breezed on the main track Sunday morning.

Viva Majorca was clocked in 1:00.52, the third-fastest work of 30 horses at five furlongs, while Ulanbator went the same distance in 1:01.77 under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

Jockey Julien Leparoux is the regular rider for both horses. Leparoux was up for Viva Majorca's work and will ride back in the Travers, while Hernandez has the call on Ulanbator.

A bay Tiago colt, Viva Majorca most recently was fourth, beaten a length, in the 1 1/8 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga on July 25. Unraced at 2, he broke his maiden in March at Gulfstream Park and captured an entry-level allowance at Belmont Park on July 2.

"Everything went to schedule this morning. No problems. Everything was perfect," trainer Ian Wilkes said. "The horse finished up well and galloped out strong. It was just a nice maintenance five-eighths. The horse came off the track very happy and is just very content in what he's doing."

Ulanbator is a son of Offlee Wild whose lone career victory came against older horses in a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream on March 20. He was second in the Grade 3 Matt Winn and third in the Grade 3 Dwyer before running fifth of six in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 26.

"It was a nice, solid work. Nothing spectacular, just a nice, solid work," Wilkes said. "I think I rode him bad last time. Julien did what I wanted, but I just think I need to adjust the tactics on him."

 

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