Race of the Week 2017

Seymourdini back on work tab at Saratoga

Seymourdini wins 2017 State Dinner
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Iris Smith Stable's Seymourdini, unraced since registering his third straight victory in the State Dinner July 3 at Belmont Park, began working toward his return with a five-furlong breeze in 1:02.18 over Saratoga's main track Friday morning.

It was the first time back on the work tab for the 4-year-old son of champion Bernardini following the 1 1/16-mile State Dinner, where he cruised on the lead to romp by 10 ½ lengths in just his second try against stakes company.

"He went beautiful. We just worked him in hand and he went [a half-mile] in 49 [seconds] and 1:02 and basically looked like he was just galloping," trainer Linda Rice said. "I was very pleased with it. It went well. We're going to point toward a fall campaign with him. We're very anxious to have him back and going."

Seymourdini has finished in the top three in eight of nine career starts with five wins and $229,027 in purse earnings. Seventh in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens in 2016, he captured back-to-back optional claiming allowances over the winter and spring at Laurel Park prior to the State Dinner.

Following the race, Seymourdini spent some time at the Cream Ridge, New Jersey farm of veterinarian Dr. Patty Hogan before rejoining Rice's string. Rice opted to remain patient with the ridgling rather than bring him back at Saratoga, where she is third in the trainer standings with 14 wins entering Friday.

"We had a small issue we had to take care of so I sent him down to Dr. Hogan for 30 days," she said. "I really didn't want to run him in the two-turn races and I didn't think the [Grade 1 Forego] was going to be ideal, either, with Drefong and Mind Your Biscuits. I'd rather run him a one-turn mile, so I was really pointing toward a fall campaign."

Rice said she is shopping for a race prior to the Grade 1 Cigar Mile December 2 at Aqueduct, her year-end target for Seymourdini. Among the options are the Grade 2, $300,000 Kelso at a mile September 23 and the Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at seven furlongs October 28, both for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park.

"The Cigar Mile is our long-term goal and I'm sure I'll find something between here and there. I don't know what exactly," she said. "It could be the Bold Ruler. I doubt it would be the Kelso; maybe an allowance race. We'll find something."

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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