Coasted continues to train well in Saratoga ahead of the Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid on Saturday, trainer Leah Gyarmati said outside her barn Wednesday morning.
Coasted put in her final breeze before the 1 1/8 mile turf route on Monday, going four furlongs in 50.44 seconds on the Oklahoma turf track. The 3-year-old Tizway filly has been training on both dirt and turf since arriving at the Spa from Belmont in late July; a move that Gyarmati said has her prepared if the Lake Placid is moved off the turf due to inclement weather.
"Either way is fine, I actually wouldn't mind seeing her try the dirt. She works good on it. If it gets moved off, we'd run. I'd almost rather run on the dirt than a soft turf," Gyarmati said. "She's pretty versatile. She was here last year too and ran well, so she likes it here and performs well here."
Gyarmati said Coasted should be fresh since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 8, won by New Money Honey. After running at 1 ¼ miles, she will cut back to the Lake Placid distance and compete against a field that is expected to include Dream Dancing, Party Boat and Proctor's Ledge.
"I'm not really worried about distances," Gyarmati said. "The Oaks was long and I don't think it was her ideal distance. It was a pretty quick race. We were kind of on par most of the race. It was a good, fair pace and we were there, but she didn't have that turn-of-foot that the filly [New Money Honey] did. But this distance should be a little more predictable in terms of how it will play out."
Owned by Treadway Racing Stable, Coasted ended her 2-year-old campaign with a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She also broke her maiden at Saratoga on August 7, 2016 on the inner turf.
Miss Mystique is set to make her stakes debut in the $200,000 Seeking the Ante for state breds on August 25, Gyarmati said. The 2-year-old filly won her debut on July 13 at Belmont Park and has since breezed three times on Saratoga's main track, with the last work coming Monday when she went five furlongs in 1:03.04.
"She loves training; she's very forward and wants to go, go, go," she said.
Miss Mystique broke her maiden in a six-furlong sprint, registering a two-length score. She will now look to stretch out slightly in the 6 ½-furlong Seeking the Ante on the main track.
Source: NYRA Communications