After racing and winning twice in three weeks in June, Letruska will be rested for another month before coming back for Grade 1 starts at Saratoga and Keeneland on her way to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, her trainer said Monday.
“The Personal Ensign is perfect for this horse,” Fausto Gutiérrez told Horse Racing Nation, referring to the 1 1/8-mile race for older fillies and mares Aug. 28. “It’s a race we need to run to stay in the first position in her division.”
After that visit to Saratoga, Gutiérrez plans to race Letruska in the Oct. 10 Spinster Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares at Keeneland.
Letruska returned to the work tab Wednesday with a bullet 46.0-second breeze around four furlongs at Keeneland. It was her first timed workout in nearly two months. She has since won the Ogden Phipps (G1) on June 5 at Belmont Park and the Fleur de Lis (G2) on June 26 at Churchill Downs.
“She worked pretty good the other day,” Gutiérrez said. “She galloped out in 58 and change. She is in very good form.”
Gutiérrez added that he plans to send Letruska to the track again Saturday or Sunday for a five-furlong breeze.
A 5-year-old mare by Super Saver, Letruska has raced six times since last December. Her only defeat in that time was March 13 in the Azeri (G2), losing by a head to 2020 Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, who was carrying five fewer pounds. Her victories this year were highlighted by the April 17 running of the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), in which she turned back Eclipse Award winners Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver.
Bred and owned by mining billionaire Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco of Mexico, Letruska has a career record of 20: 15-1-1 with earnings of $1,616,459, according to Equibase.