Comfort to give "a big effort" in the Whitney

Comfort to give "a big effort" in the Whitney
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Comfort looks primed for his Grade 1 debut in Saturday's $1.25 million Whitney, trainer Todd Pletcher said on Friday morning. The Indian Charlie colt will exit post 2 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez aboard.
Comfort has won his last three starts, including a 3 ¼-length victory in the State Dinner in his previous race on July 4 at Belmont Park.
"The big part of it [his recent success] is the physical maturation he had from [ages] 3 to 4. You see how much bigger and stronger he's gotten," Pletcher said. "He's filled out and has gotten better and better. This is a huge class test for him. He's been performing well, but he's never met these type of horses before. He's trained with horses with similar credentials and trained well. We're looking forward to a big effort."
Sweet Loretta is doing well after an impressive win in her graded stakes debut, the Grade 3 Schuylerville on July 22, Pletcher said. The 2-year-old bay filly broke her maiden in her first race and handled the step up in class with a 4 1/4-length victory in the Schuylerville. She will again face a step up in class in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway on September 3.
"She's doing well and will probably start breezing next week," Pletcher said. "We're given her just a little freshening before we start cranking her up."
Curalina came out of her victory in the Grade 3 Shuvee in fine condition, Pletcher said. The 4-year-old chestnut filly has won two of her last three starts, including the Grade 1 La Troienne. Curalina galloped on Friday.
"She looked good, her energy level was good," Pletcher said. "She had a nice gallop this morning. It looks like she's held her form well."
Stopchargingmaria is slated to work on Sunday morning. The 2015 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner is working toward her first start since a sixth-place showing in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on June 11. Pletcher said he is still deciding between entering her in the Grade 1 Ballerina or the Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign. Both are on August 27.
Pletcher said Stradivari is still recovering at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital but that "everything is going well" following surgery after suffering a career-ending lateral condylar fracture of his right front leg in training on July 22.
Source: NYRA Communications

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