Looking Ahead To Alabama
LOOKING AHEAD TO ALABAMA
It’s Tricky and Inglorious, among the leaders of North America’s 3-year-old filly division, tuned up for a showdown in the Grade 1, $500,000 Alabama Stakes here Aug. 20 by putting in workouts Saturday morning over their respective home tracks.
At Saratoga, It’s Tricky breezed four furlongs in 49.21 seconds about 5:45 a.m. It was her first workout since she won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks here July 23. Prior to that, It’s Tricky won the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on June 11.
With exercise rider Rob Massey in the irons, It’s Tricky went her first eighth in 13.00 seconds, the quarter in 24.83, and got her second quarter in 24.48. She galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.63.
“She was on the bridle training, galloped out well, we’re happy,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin said It’s Tricky will have one more work, most likely next Saturday, before the Alabama, which is run at 1 1/4 miles.
Meanwhile, at Woodbine in Canada, Inglorious, who defeated males in the Queen’s Plate in her last start, worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 over that track’s all-weather surface. It was her fourth work since she won the Queen’s Plate on June 26, her third consecutive victory.
“We gave her a couple of easy weeks and then we slowly built her back up,” trainer Josie Carroll said “One more work, and we’re on track.”
Carroll said that she has not yet decided whether that work will be at Woodbine or Saratoga.
Rattlesnake Bridge drills for Travers
About three hours after It’s Tricky breezed, McLaughlin’s top 3-year-old colt, Rattlesnake Bridge, worked five furlongs in 1:02.56 in preparation for a start in the $1 million Travers Stakes here Aug. 27.
Rattlesnake Bridge, winner of the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park in his last start, worked in company with Gallant Fields. Under Danny Wright, Rattlesnake Bridge, started a length behind Gallant Fields but quickly joined his stablemate after an opening eighth in 13.13. He went a quarter in 25.22, three-eighths in 37.07, and got his last quarter in 25.49, finishing about three lengths in front at the wire.
“He worked well, a maintenance work, we’re ready to go,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll have two more works. He wants the [1 1/4-mile distance]. The timing is good, all is well.”
* Trainer D. Wayne Lukas ended an 0-for-26 start to the meet when Optimizer ($57) rallied down the outside part of the Mellon turf course to win Saturday’s second race by a neck over Longwood Lane, trained by Lukas’s former assistant and now Saratoga kingpin Todd Pletcher.
Coincidentally, Optimizer is a son of English Channel, whom Pletcher trained.
by David Grening
On the New York worktab
IT'S TRICKY (Mineshaft), triumphant in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Acorn S. (G1) in her past two, continued preparations for the August 20 Alabama S. (G1) with a half-mile breeze in :49 1/5 over Saratoga's fast main track on Saturday.
'It's Tricky went great,' trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. 'She worked very well and we're pleased. She'll work next Saturday-ish, depending on the weather.'
Stablemate and Long Branch S. hero RATTLESNAKE BRIDGE (Tapit) readied for the August 27 Travers S. (G1) by covering five-eighths in 1:02 4/5.
'He continues to train well, and he'll have a couple more works the next few Saturdays,' McLaughlin said. 'We're happy to have the time. It's hard to run every three or four weeks these days, so it's nice to be able to have a little time.'
Vosburgh S. (G1) victor GIROLAMO (A.P. Indy), unraced since a half-length third in the November 27 Cigar Mile H. (G1), recorded his first move since early February when going three furlongs in :37.
Trainer Mike Hushion sent out NICOLE H (Mr. Greeley) and MR. FANTASY (E Dubai) for separate three-furlong works Saturday morning, but said no timetable has been set for their return.
Nicole H, who fashioned a three-race win streak over the winter at Aqueduct, has not raced since taking the Distaff H. (G2) on April 16. She logged three panels in :38 4/5 in her first work since May 13, after which she developed a fever.
Mr. Fantasy was caught in his sixth published work this year breezing a bullet in :36 1/5. The 2009 Withers S. (G3) conqueror has not run since posting a 4 1/2-length win against optional claiming rivals at the Spa last September 4.
Stakes-placed SUNLIGHT SONATA (Unbridled's Song), most recently fourth in the Lake George S. (G2), traveled four furlongs in :49.
Maiden scorer FUNNY PROPOSITION (Medaglia d'Oro) readied for the August 14 Adirondack S. (G2) with a five-furlong move in 1:02.
Grade 2 vixen KATHMANBLU (Bluegrass Cat), fourth in the Regret S. (G3) following a sixth-place run in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), stepped five-eighths in 1:03 4/5 on the fast Oklahoma dirt training track. Trainer Kenny McPeek is nominating the bay lass to the Alabama, but she is more likely to show up on the grass in the Lake Placid S. (G2) one day later at the Spa.
Grade 3 victress IT'S TEA TIME (Dynaformer), fifth in the Arlington Matron S. (G3) last out, clocked a bullet five panels in 1:02 4/5.
Prince of Wales S. runner-up BOWMAN'S CAUSEWAY (Giant's Causeway) sped a half-mile in a bullet :49.
Maiden winner and Adirondack hopeful ANNA SOPHIA (Oasis Dream [GB]) breezed four furlongs in :49 4/5.
Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) star HAYNESFIELD (Speightstown), fifth in the Metropolitan H. (G1) last out, clocked five furlongs in 1:03 on the fast main track at Belmont Park.
Grade 1-placed stakes victor CITRUS KID (Lemon Drop Kid), last seen taking an allowance in April, posted three-eighths in :37 1/5.
Hilltop S. third BLUSHANDBASHFUL (Even the Score), fifth in the Regret most recently, toured three panels in :36 3/5.
Group 2 hero RADIOHEAD (GB) (Johannesburg), third in the Parx Dash H. and fourth by only 1 1/4 lengths in the Jaipur S. (G3) in his past two, worked three furlongs in :36 4/5 on Aqueduct's fast main dirt.
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