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Breeders' Cup 2017

Travers: Ice Box, Miner's Reserve Work

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Robert LaPenta’s Miner’s Reserve and Ice Box put in workouts Friday morning at Saratoga Race Course, with both colts from the barn of Nick Zito possible for the 141st running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on Saturday, August 28.

 

With Calvin Borel aboard, Miner’s Reserve breezed four furlongs in company with stablemate Gallant Fields, with the duo covering the distance in 48.35, ranked second among 31 workouts at the distance over the Oklahoma training track.

 

The Hall of Fame trainer has yet to commit Miner’s Reserve to the Travers, wishing to assess the prospective field before making a final decision.

 

There are no question marks regarding the status of Ice Box, who took to the main track with Julien Leparoux in the irons. In company with Cool Coal Man, Ice Box breezed five furlongs in 1:00.09, the second fastest of 26 moves.

 

“It looks like he has a little more strength would be my guess,” said Zito of Ice Box’s condition following his sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. “It takes them a while to recover from [the Triple Crown] races. Hopefully he comes with a great run next weekend. If he runs to the Derby race he’ll be right there.”

 

Fly Down, trained by Zito for Richard C. Pell, is scheduled to have his final pre-Travers workout tomorrow morning, either on the main track or the Oklahoma Training Track.

 

Training up to next Saturday's Travers, Admiral Alex came onto the main track at 5:50 this morning for a six-furlong workout.

 

With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, Admiral Alex started the first quarter in :24 2/5, passed three furlongs in :35 4/5, went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, breezed six furlongs in 1:14.02, and then galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26 3/5.

 

"It was a beautiful work. He didn't break a hair," said owner and trainer Leon Blusiewicz. "He finished really well. He finished stronger than he started. That's what I wanted. Now, he'll just gallop into the race."

 

Admiral Alex will come into the Travers with just one start – a one-length maiden win at 1 1/8th

miles at the Spa on July 31.

 

In addition to Zito’s horses and Admiral Alex, the Travers is expected to attract Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, Jim Dandy winner A Little Warm, Afleet Again, Afleet Express, First Dude, Friend Or Foe, Steinbeck, Trickmeister, and possibly Pleasant Prince, Steinbeck, and Trappe Shot, who is also under consideration for the King’s Bishop.

 

 

 

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