'So far, so good': Math Wizard completes final Breeders' Cup work

Gulfstream Park Communications
October 26, 2019 01:27pm
'So far, so good': Math Wizard completes final Breeders' Cup work
Photo: Ryan Thompson/Gulfstream
Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Math Wizard breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning three days before he is scheduled to ship to Southern California for a start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

The Saffie Joseph-trained son of Algorithms covered the distance in 1:02.32 over a muddy track a week after breezing a half-mile in 46.48 seconds, the fastest of 96 workouts at the distance.

“This was more of a stamina-building breeze. He had a good breeze last week,” Joseph said. “He went got seven-eighths in 1:28 and a mile in 1:41, so it was solid all the way around. He came back well. So far so good.”

Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Math Wizard worked in company with Yodel E. A. Who, a 3-year-old son of Creative Cause who was claimed for $40,000 out of 3 ½-length victory in his most recent start.

“[Yodel E. A. Who]’s a front runner, so, going slow, he was a good target to sit off of,” Joseph said.

Ricardo Santana Jr. is scheduled to ride Math Wizard for the first time in the Classic, replacing Irad Ortiz Jr., who opted to ride Todd Pletcher-trainer Vino Rosso, who finished first but was disqualified to second behind Code of Honor in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).

Math Wizard will race at his eighth racetrack in his last eight starts.

“He’s a good traveler. He’s been traveling all year,” Joseph said.

Math Wizard, who had finished third behind eventual Florida Derby (G1) winner and controversially disqualified Kentucky Derby (G1) first-place finisher Maximum Security in a $16,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream last December, was claimed by owner John Fenelli for $25,000 out of an 18 ½-length victory Jan. 31. The son of Algorithms went on to finish fourth in the Wood Memorial (G2), second in the Ohio Derby (G3) and third in the Indiana Derby (G2) before breaking through with a Grade 1 win at Parx.

In the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Math Wizard saved ground while sitting off the pace before making a sweeping move on the turn into the stretch and prevailing over Mr. Money by a neck following a long, steady stretch drive.

 

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