Dads Caps, The 'Beast' Tune Up for Wood Day

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March 28, 2015 01:38pm

Grade 1 King's Bishop winner The Big Beast and defending Grade 1 Carter winner Dads Caps turned in their final serious works this morning at Aqueduct Racetrack for next Saturday's 115th running of the $400,000 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Grade 3 Withers winner Far From Over tuned up for his upcoming role as one of the favorites for April 4's marquee event at the Big A, the Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial, New York's final prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Also that day are the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-old sprinters.

First race post time for the 12-race card is 12:50 p.m.

The Big Beast, who was sidelined after his victory in the seven-furlong King's Bishop at Saratoga Race Course and returned to action with a 1 ¼-length allowance victory on March 1 at Oaklawn Park, covered five furlongs in 1:00.01 on the Big A's inner track.

"We were happy with his comeback race and happy with his work this morning," said Tony Dutrow, who trains The Big Beast for Alex and Joanne Lieblong. "He hasn't changed much physically since he was a 3-year-old, but mentally he's much more confident. He knows what he's doing now."

Dutrow confirmed that Javier Castellano, who was 3-for-3 aboard The Big Beast last year, would ride again on Saturday.

Dads Caps, who has been off the board only once in 17 starts, was clocked in 1:01.25 as he breezed five furlongs over the inner track this morning. The 5-year-old son of Discreet Cat is 0-for-2 this year, having finished second to Salutos Amigos in the Grade 3 Toboggan and the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct.

"He worked very, very good; we were very pleased," said trainer Rudy Rodriguez. "We don't have to face Salutos Amigos, but the race is a Grade 1, so it's going to be a tough race. He's a pretty consistent horse and always tries hard. He's been unlucky a couple times, but he always gives it his best. We've been very happy to have him around. Hopefully we can do it again this year; we know he likes the main track at Aqueduct."

Far From Over, who overcame a horrendous start to defeat fellow Wood hopeful El Kabeir in the Withers, breezed a half-mile in 48.98 seconds at Palm Beach Downs for trainer Todd Pletcher.

"[I brought him to Florida after the Withers] to try to take advantage of the better climate, with more reliable training conditions," said Pletcher. "I thought he worked very well. He's doing good, everything is on schedule; he'll fly up on Thursday."

Pletcher, who is a three-time winner of the Wood, also will saddle Grade 1 Champagne winner Daredevil in the 1 1/8-mile race. Both he and El Kabeir, who returned to win the Grade 3 Gotham, are scheduled to breeze Sunday morning on the training track at Belmont Park.

Also working towards a possible start in the Wood on Saturday was the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Classy Class, who went a half-mile in 48.69 at Belmont. Other notable workers included Bay Shore hopefuls Ackeret (four furlongs in 49.61 at Aqueduct), Final Chapter (five furlongs in 1:02.61 at Belmont), and El Deal (four furlongs in 48.67 at Belmont).

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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