Triple Crown Tracker: 1 race will attract Taiba, Simplification next

Triple Crown Tracker: 1 race will attract Taiba, Simplification next
Photo: Bill Denver / Equiphoto

Ethereal Road, who scratched from this year's Kentucky Derby, was the only entrant from the Run for the Roses to race in the past two weeks.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Ethereal Road made his second turf try in Saturday's Saranac (G3) at Saratoga. He chased at the rear of the compact four-horse field and weakened down the lane to finish last, 17 1/2 lengths adrift of wire-to-wire winner Annapolis.

Three Kentucky Derby runners are likely working toward the Pennsylvania Derby (G1). Taiba and Simplification are probable for Parx's signature race, while White Abarrio is possible.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike4th, Travers (G1)No works since last race
2Epicenter1st, Travers (G1)No works since last race
3Zandon3rd, Travers (G1)No works since last race
4Simplification3rd, West Virginia Derby (G3)Worked 5f Sept. 3 at Colonial Downs
5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
6Barber Road7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
7Tawny Port3rd, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 5f Sept. 3 at Churchill Downs
8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
9Tiz the Bomb4th, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Saratoga Derby (G1)Worked 5f Sept. 4 at Saratoga
12Taiba2nd, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 5f Sept. 3 at Del Mar
13Crown Pride (JPN)13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
14Happy Jack6th, H. Allen Jerkens (G1)No works since last race
15Messier15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 3f July 28 at Los Alamitos
16White Abarrio7th, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 5f Sept. 4 at Saratoga
17Charge It1st, Dwyer (G3)Missed Travers (G1) due to foot abscess
18Cyberknife2nd, Travers (G1)No works since last race
19Pioneer of Medina8th, Smarty Jones (G3)Worked 4f Sept. 4 at Belmont
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road4th, Saranac (G3)Worked 5f Aug. 24 at Saratoga
SCRRattle N Roll1st, St. Louis DerbyNo works since last race

Armagnac, after a fourth-place finish in the La Jolla (G3) on grass Aug. 7, returned to the dirt Saturday for the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar. He was sent off the second choice at 2-1, though did not get near his customary frontrunning position and weakened to finish fifth and last, 21 lengths behind long shot winner Go Joe Won.

Fenwick tried the undulating turf at Kentucky Downs for the first time in a first-level allowance Saturday. Given a 9.33-1 chance by the wagering public, he settled near the rear and stayed on in the lane to pass weakening foes. He crossed the wire seventh, six lengths behind winner Dominican Pioneer.

PreaknessHorseLast RaceNotes
1Early Voting8th, Travers (G1)No works since last race
2Epicenter1st, Travers (G1)No works since last race
3Creative Minister3rd, Smarty Jones (G3)No works since last race
4Secret Oath2nd, Alabama (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 30 at Saratoga
5Skippylongstocking1st, West Virginia Derby (G3)Worked 5f Sept. 4 at Saratoga
6Simplification3rd, West Virginia Derby (G3)Worked 5f Sept. 3 at Colonial Downs
7Armagnac5th, Shared Belief S.No works since last race
8Happy Jack6th, H. Allen Jerkens (G1)No works since last race
9Fenwick7th, Allowance (Sept. 3, KD)No works since last race

Two Belmont entrants, the 1-2 finishers in the West Virginia Derby (G3), recently worked out. Skippylongstocking, a winner at Mountaineer, drilled a bullet five furlongs at the Spa on Sunday. It was his third work back since that score. We the People breezed at WinStar Training Center on Saturday; it was also his third work back since the West Virginia Derby. There is no publicly identified goal for either horse yet.

BelmontHorseLast RaceNotes
1Mo Donegal1st, Belmont (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
2Nest1st, Alabama (G1)No works since last race
3Skippylongstocking1st, West Virginia Derby (G3)Worked 5f Sept. 4 at Saratoga
4We the People2nd, West Virginia Derby (G3)Worked 5f Sept. 3 at WinStar Training Center
5Creative Minister3rd, Smarty Jones (G3)No works since last race
6Rich Strike4th, Travers (G1)No works since last race
7Barber Road7th, Belmont (G1)No works since last race
8Golden Glider6th, Curlin S.No works since last race

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