Giuseppe the Great hopes to break through in Travers Stakes 2017
August 21, 2017 12:46pm

Grade 2 Jim Dandy runner-up Giuseppe the Great is in good shape after his breeze on Friday morning. The four-furlong work in 48.80 seconds over the Oklahoma training track was his last before his start in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers. Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, who won the 2004 Travers with Birdstone, will saddle the son of Lookin At Lucky as his 29th Travers starter.

"We went over to the main track today just to go through the paddock, and gallop around. He looked good, he went there, we liked what he did, we were happy about that," Zio said.

"The whole thing now is to make sure he doesn't go over the edge. One day here [at the Oklahoma track], one day there, today he went to the main track, tomorrow we'll stay here, maybe go to the gate Wednesday, and school. It really was a great work, to do that, with all those big horses."

Giuseppe the Great, still in search of his first graded stakes victory through six career starts has been called a professional by Zito. The colt has a runner up finish in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens in addition to the Jim Dandy, and gives the 69-year-old Brooklyn- born trainer a solid competitor on Saturday. The Jim Dandy result and projected field for the Travers doesn't deter his confidence.

"I think it's terrific," Zito said. "I'm happy we hung in there. I'm happy Chad is running that horse [Cloud Computing]. It legitimizes our horse a little bit. It makes him look legitimate, and that those are the horses to beat again. It's funny that nobody talks about Good Samaritan. He was impressive."

Source: NYRA


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