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Breeders' Cup 2017

Travers: A Little Warm, Super Saver Work

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A Little Warm had his first work since taking the Grade 2 Jim Dandy this morning, going an easy five-eighths over the main track under exercise rider Tess Bisha in preparation for the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on Saturday, August 28 .


Going out shortly after the renovation break, A Little Warm covered the distance in 1:03.06, breezing, which ranked 21st of 27 moves at the distance.


“He went around the racetrack very evenly,” said Tony Dutrow, who trains A Little Warm for Edward P. Evans. “He galloped out very, very well and we are very happy with him, as we have been since he got up here at Saratoga.


“He had a big effort in Delaware and four weeks after that he came up here and had another big effort in the Jim Dandy,” added Dutrow of the Stormin Fever colt, who came off a three-month layoff to win an optional claimer at Delaware Park on June 29 prior to the Jim Dandy. “This is two weeks after that race, and we did not feel he needed much at all, so that’s the approach we’re taking with him.”


On track at the same time as A Little Warm was Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who went five furlongs in 1:02.56, breezing, under exercise rider Patti Barry.


The move was the 18th fastest of 27 at the distance and a bit slower than what trainer Todd Pletcher was looking for.


“We were looking for around 1:01,” said Pletcher of the Maria’s Mon colt, who carries the colors of WinStar Farm. “Next time we’ll put him in company to make sure he keeps his interest down the lane. He was a little bit idle from the eighth pole to the wire, but he responded with a decent gallop out. I’m pleased with the way he’s been training since the Haskell and we feel like he’s going to make a move forward.”

Afleet Express, third behind A Little Warm and Miner’s Reserve in the Jim Dandy, put in his first work since the race, covering five furlongs over the Oklahoma Training Track in 1:01.00, according to NYRA Clockers. 


“He looked good, just galloping along,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens.  “We wanted to go out around 8 a.m. – it’s a mad rush when they first open it after the break, but it was nice and quiet when he went out.”


Afleet Express, who broke his maiden at Aqueduct Racetrack on December 5, used a second-level allowance race at Belmont as a steppingstone to win the Grade 3 Pegasus at Monmouth on June 19 before his start in the Jim Dandy.


Trappe Shot, who will make his next start August 28 in either the Travers or the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, breezed four furlongs in 48.97 Saturday morning


“He went with Taqarub and we got him galloping out in 1:01 4/5,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “We’re very happy. It was a very strong workout. He’ll have another next week. It will probably be on Saturday, but we can move it to Friday or Sunday depending on the weather.”


McLaughlin will not rush the decision of whether Trappe Shot will compete in the 1 ¼-mile Travers or in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop.


“Everything is good, but we’re not going to make a decision yet,” he said.


First Dude, who was second in the Preakness, third in the Belmont Stakes and third in the Haskell in his three most recent starts, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs this morning in 1:01.40 with trainer Dale Romans looking on.

“He looked great and he worked great,” said Romans by telephone from Kentucky. “As for travel plans, we’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow and work off that.”




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