Cross Traffic, Palace Malice Head Pletcher's Workout Patrol
September 20, 2013 08:57pm

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a cadre of contenders for their final Super Saturday works this morning, headed by Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap winner Cross Traffic and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes star Palace Malice, who breezed five furlongs and a half-mile, respectively, for the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational.


Cross Traffic, 3-2-0 from five starts this year, went in 1:01.52 in company with the Grade 2 Kelso Invitational-bound Graydar, while Palace Malice worked alone in 48.43.


"I thought Palace Malice's was more of the standard we've seen from him," Pletcher said. "It was a good steady breeze with a very strong gallop out. He went willingly on his own, in hand, and we were very, very pleased with it. He looked well this morning and judging by his race in the Belmont, he likes it here.


"I thought Cross Traffic and Graydar worked very well," he added. "It's the third consecutive breeze they've had together. It served them both well. In company, they stay more focused without overdoing it. We wanted to make sure we got a good solid work into both of them. One of them is coming off a significant layoff and the other hasn't run since the Whitney, and I think we got what we were looking for."

Also on the worktab was multiple Grade 1 winner Princess of Sylmar, who is heading to the Grade 1 Beldame, and Grade 1 Personal Ensign runner-up Authenticity, who went four furlongs in company. Princess of Sylmar was clocked in 48.50 seconds, while Authenticity was credited with a 48.57 work.


"I thought Princess of Sylmar went very well as usual, and once again, they made good mates," said Pletcher, noting that Authenticity was under consideration for both the Beldame and the Grade 1 Zenyatta at Santa Anita Park.


Pletcher's busy weekend will continue on Sunday with Corfu and Sound of Freedom going in the Grade 2 Futurity and Cynical Storm and Sweet Whiskey headed to the Grade 2 Matron.


The trainer added that Shanghai Bobby, last year's 2-year-old champion, emerged from Friday's Aljiman victory in good order and could make his next start in either the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile or the Breeders' Cup Sprint.




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Ruffianlover, Isn't Verrazano training up to the BC Dirt Mile? I think most of the horses mentioned in the above article are going to stakes races next weekend and were turning in their final works, with the exception of SB. His post race health condition was sort of FYI?
i completely understand.In regards to Cross Traffic,one of the reasons that i am so cocky and confidant is that i am privy to info others are not.Based on what i see in the race Saturday.I think it is difficult to get by C.T. and Flat Out. Orb i think can be a wonderful horse next year. I read in between the lines when i do not have information.Here we are 1 week away and we hear nothing about how good he is doing.Anything is possible,I think the rigors of the triple crown chase might of taken its' toll.You mention Verrazno,i think Todd ommited him,because not only is he a great horseman and trainer.He is also very classy.It is not his time yet to take the spotlight.I may be wrong , but the way he is handling him and giving him the added rest to recover from the hole in the wind at the Haskell. This guy ,just might be the talk of the Breeders Cup after he is done.
Thanks mallios. Don't worry- he didn't get to me. I just had to say something because no one else does! And it's getting ridiculous
Ruffian,do not let him get to you.You are right and you nailed it on the workout.Just read the article attached and read between the lines.What does he say about PMs' workout.It was standard.The only race this horse ever ran in his life was the Belmont stakes.Todd was raving about the work.Look at how he is raving about the work of Cross Traffic and Graydar.Note that they are the 2 working in Company,that is because they are relaxed and can handle the competition.Todd worked PM by himself,just like prior to the Travers.I said when i saw the work that he looked to keen,when they are that antsy.They never run their race.It was not the starters fault.This horse was over the top.Todd is afraid to work him fast in company.I f there are 2 trainers out there whose M.O is to work before a big race,it is Todd and Baffert.They do not hold anything back.They are very demanding on their horses.That is why you do not see longevity with many of their stars.Do not listen to the bull about a trainers intent,where he has a purpose for the work.If at this stage of the game,Todd needs to teach PM anything.He is in trouble
it is extremely annoying watching you constantly stating how much more you have seen or know and how everyone else "doesnt know anything"
well you can keep laughing your ass off but laugh at yourself for being so jgnorant rafi (which is unusual for you). im not an idiot- which is why I never said faster is better. all i said is they failed to mention Verrazano and didnt know why. just because somene else doesnt worship your precious Palace Malice doesnt mean you have to jump down their throat. Chill the hell out
Look how well uncle mon did in the BC with a quick turn around. And his wasn't as quick as SB's!
That comment made me LMAO...... faster does not mean better. Ruffianlover, I highly suggest actually going out in the morning, once or twice a week, and seeing what actually goes on. A 50 second work can be more impressive than a 47 second work. Was the trainer trying to train a young horse to get dirt in his face? Did he run quickly for the first part and gear down the final 1/4? How much of a hammerlock did the jockey have? Was the horse given his head? Did the horse have a clean work (no lost irons, no lost shoes, etc?). You don't know any of these things. I once saw a work at Saratoga on 7/13, a colt named Top Billing, who was very impressive. He worked 3f in 39 flat. Jock lost an iron, he was lugging his head, and he still finished in 39. The colt looked like a monster. You can't judge a work based on the time. That is in the Stephen A. Smith "BLASPHEMOUS" stage.
Really don't think Bobby's next start should be the BC.
Poor Verrazano. His work not even mentioned even though it was faster than PM's
Gob not GOb, sorry.
Thanks for the link, GOb.
Loved D. Grening's assessment of PM's work earlier this A.M.!
Palace Malice is my pick in the JCGC (duh). Happy to hear he did well this morning.

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