Jim Dandy Workers Out In Force
Jim Dandy workers out in force at the Spa
Dwyer S. (G2) winner and Belmont S. (G1) runner-up FLY DOWN (Mineshaft) tuned up for Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2) with a bullet move Monday morning under jockey Jose Lezcano.
Going out on the fast Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga after the second break, the chestnut covered a half-mile in :47 1/5, fastest of 73 workers at the distance.
"It was exactly what I wanted," Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said. "He's coming off a 1 1/2-mile race and you have to do things like that. Obviously, we know his fitness level. We're hoping he's a little sharp for the race. He's a very good horse. He looks good."
Fly Down was one of a number of Jim Dandy hopefuls breezing at the Spa Monday morning for the 1 1/8-mile race. Also working were A LITTLE WARM (Stormin Fever), AIKENITE (Yes It's True), and FRIEND OR FOE (Friends Lake), all of whom went on the main track after the renovation break.
A Little Warm, the Spectacular Bid S. winner who later placed second in the Hutcheson S. (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2), went five furlongs in 1:00.
"I don't think I could be any happier with him," said trainer Tony Dutrow of the colt who most recently came off a three-month layoff to win an allowance at Delaware Park on June 29. "He went into his last race well, but not as good as I've seen him. He was going the right way, and right now, I'm very pleased."
Aikenite, who rallied from last to score a two-length victory in a one-mile allowance at Belmont Park on June 19 after having competed in eight straight graded stakes, went a half-mile in :48 3/5 with jockey David Cohen aboard.
"As a younger horse, he wasn't a particularly ambitious work horse, and to me, he's gotten more aggressive," said trainer Todd Pletcher of the Dogwood Stable color-bearer. "We're still trying to find his best distance. This will be a race that determines what he's going to do down the road.
"He did very well at a one-turn mile; whether that's going to translate into a top-class 1 1/8-mile effort that's what we're getting ready to find out."
The undefeated Friend or Foe, an impressive winner over General Maximus (Freud) and Ibboyee (Medallist) in the Mike Lee S. for New York-breds at Belmont Park on June 20, drilled a half-mile in :47 1/5, fourth-fastest of 126 works at the distance on the main track.
"It looked like he was just galloping, which freaks me out a little," trainer John Kimmel said. "His fitness level is good; he's just lacking two-turn race experience. I'm excited about running him, but we are asking him to do something he hasn't done before against quality horses."
Also likely for the Jim Dandy are Pegasus S. (G3) winner AFLEET EXPRESS (Afleet Alex), European invader STEINBECK (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand [GB]), and the undefeated STORMY'S MAJESTY (Stormy Atlantic). Questionable are MINER'S RESERVE (Mineshaft), who worked a half-mile in :48 4/5 Monday morning and Holy Bull S. (G3) winner WINSLOW HOMER (Unbridled's Song), a distant third in the Iowa Derby (G3) last time out.
On the New York worktab
Over Saratoga's fast main track on Monday, multiple Grade 1 conqueror QUALITY ROAD (Elusive Quality) continued his preparations for the August 7 Whitney H. (G1) by drilling five furlongs in a co-bullet :58 4/5. The bay, who is a perfect three-for-three this season, captured the Metropolitan H. (G1) and Donn H. (G1) in his last two.
"I thought it was spectacular," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "The horse is in unbelievable form right now. It's amazing to see how effortlessly he can do things like he did this morning."
Quality Road worked in company with stablemate and Lexington S. (G2) hero EXHI (Maria's Mon), who was caught in the same time. He's won four straight including the Victoria Park S. last time, and might go in the August 7 West Virginia Derby (G2).
Kentucky Derby (G1) hero SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon) worked in 1:00 3/5 in advance of Sunday's Haskell Invitational (G1). The WinStar colt was eighth in the Preakness S. (G1) last time.
Another Haskell probable, Long Branch S. winner TRAPPE SHOT (Tapit), worked four furlongs in :48 1/5.
Jerome H. (G2) winner GIROLAMO (A.P. Indy), unraced since finishing 12th and last in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), exercised five furlongs in 1:01.
SARA LOUISE (Malibu Moon), not seen in competition since taking the November 27 Top Flight H. (G2), finished in 1:00 1/5. She might return in the August 8 Honorable Miss H. (G2).
FRANNY FREUD (Freud), who racked up her fourth straight victory in the recent Prioress S. (G1), sped in :59 1/5 in advance of the August 7 Test S. (G1).
"She went awesome," trainer John Terranova said. "She's like supernatural, not from here. She trains amazing. Right now we're on target for the Test."
Grade 1 veteran GAYEGO (Gilded Time) worked four furlongs in :48 1/5. Third in the Triple Bend H. (G1) last time, he might reappear in the August 28 Pat O'Brien S. (G1) or September 4 Forego S. (G1).
Multiple Grade 2 veteran DRY MARTINI (Slew Gin Fizz), unraced since finishing second in the Donn back in February, finished up five-eighths in :59 3/5.
Grade 2 veteran MALIBU PRAYER (Malibu Moon), vixen of the Lighthouse S. last time, went in 1:01 4/5. Sunday's Ruffian Invitational (G1) might be on the agenda.
Pan American S. (G3) winner BEARPATH (Dynaformer), fourth in the Man o' War S. (G1), finished in :50. The August 14 Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) is likely next.
Grade 3 veteran GEMSWICK PARK (Speightstown), off since early January, negotiated five-eighths in 1:00.
Grade 3 winner EVERYDAY HEROES (Awesome Again), winner of the James B. Moseley Sprint S. at Suffolk Downs in his seasonal debut, finished in 1:00.
Suburban H. (G2) runner-up CONVOCATION (Pulpit) exercised in 1:02 1/5.
NOT MACHO ANY MORE (Macho Uno), sidelined since finishing second in the 2009 Sapling S. (G3), traveled in 1:02 3/5.
Stakes hero GENERAL MAXIMUS (Freud), second last out in the Mike Lee S., logged five-eighths in a bullet :59. The August 2 Amsterdam S. (G2) might be next.
Grade 2-placed stakes winner CITRUS KID (Lemon Drop Kid), unplaced in the January 23 Lecomte S. (G3) in his only outing this year, zipped in :59 3/5.
Multiple Grade 3-placed BROTHER NICK (Malibu Moon) traveled in 1:01 2/5.
Four candidates for Saturday's Diana S. (G1) worked over the firm Oklahoma turf at Saratoga on Monday.
FOREVER TOGETHER (Belong to Me), the champion turf mare of 2008 who has won the last two renewals of the Diana, zipped five furlongs in a bullet :59 3/5 around the dogs. She's run second in the Gamely S. (G1) and Jenny Wiley S. (G2) this season.
"I'll say it was a successful operation," trainer Jonathan Sheppard said.
PROVISO (GB) (Dansili [GB]), triumphant in the Just a Game S. (G1) and Frank E. Kilroe Mile H. (G1) in her past two, worked in 1:02 2/5.
"I was real happy with it," said trainer Bill Mott regarding Proviso's work.
PHOLA (Johannesburg), winner of the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. (G2) and Hillsborough S. (G3) so far this season, covered four furlongs in :48 1/5. She was a rallying runner-up in the Just a Game last out.
"Phola did a solid maintenance work and acts like she's ready to go," Pletcher said.
Grade 2 winner MY PRINCESS JESS (Stormy Atlantic), who checked in third in the Just a Game for the second straight year, went five-eighths in 1:03.
Also working on the turf were three possibilities for Sunday's Fourstardave H. (G2).
Multiple Grade 3 scorer GET STORMY (Stormy Atlantic), fourth in the King Edward S. (Can-G2), exercised in 1:01 1/5.
"He worked very nicely, finished up well, and he's doing great," trainer Tom Bush said. "I'm looking forward to the race."
Multiple stakes winner PUBLIC SPEAKER (Distorted Humor), runner-up in the Firecracker H. (G2), traveled in :59 4/5.
Miami Mile H. (G3) runner-up PINCKNEY HILL (A.P. Indy) worked in 1:00 2/5. He was eighth in the Manhattan H. (G1).
Red Smith H. (G2) winner EXPANSION (Maria's Mon), a close third in the Man o' War, toured four furlongs in :50. The Sword Dancer might be next.
Grade 3 vixen KEERTANA (Johar) completed her five-eighths move in 1:00 4/5. She was a half-length fifth in the Locust Grove H. (G3) last time.
Multiple stakes victress CHESTORIA (Chester House), coming off a second in the Dr. James Penny Memorial H., went four furlongs in a bullet :48.
BEAU CHOIX (Elusive Quality), who garnered his stakes debut in the James W. Murphy S. (nee Woodlawn) on Preakness Day, posted :48 2/5 in advance of Thursday's Quick Call S.
OUR DOUGLAS (Stormy Atlantic), who was disqualified from second to sixth in the Oliver S. last out, went in :51 4/5 in advance of the Quick Call.
Regret S. (G3) and Arlington Oaks (G3) runner-up SNOW TOP MOUNTAIN (Najran) completed her five-furlong move in 1:02 2/5.
WAR KILL (War Chant), unplaced twice since taking the 2009 Beaumont S. (G2), finished in :59 4/5.
KANTHAROS (Lion Heart), who improved to two-for-two with a smashing 9 1/2-length score in the Bashford Manor S. (G3), recorded his move in 1:01 4/5 over the fast Oklahoma dirt. The August 16 Saratoga Special S. (G2) and/or September 6 Hopeful S. (G1) are likely objectives.
Grade 3 victor THISKYHASNOLIMIT (Sky Mesa), most recently a distant second in the Iowa Derby (G3), covered seven furlongs in 1:27. The West Virginia Derby might be next.
Sugar Swirl S. (G3) heroine PRETTY PROLIFIC (Lion Heart), most recently runner-up in the Humana Distaff S. (G1), covered five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 4/5. A nominee to the Honorable Miss, the August 28 Ballerina S. (G1) is also likely on the radar.
Grade 3 victor SEASPEAK (Mizzen Mast), sidelined following a fourth in the Bernard Baruch H. (G2) 11 months ago, logged three furlongs in :38.
Toboggan S. (G3) winner WALL STREET WONDER (City Place), the trailer in the Churchill Downs S. (G2) when last seen May 1, sped four furlongs in :47 3/5.
"He's nominated to the (August 8 Alfred G.) Vanderbilt (H. [G1]), but I'm just kind of waiting on him to tell us," Terranova said. "He's struggled a little bit with the heat this summer. He's not a horse that enjoys it at all and it really fries him. He's doing great though, he looks well, and this weather is perfect -- it's what we need."
Eight Belles S. (G3) winner BUCKLEUPBUTTERCUP (Najran) went in :47 4/5. She was second in the Azalea S. (G3) last time.
DYNAMOOR (Dynaformer), who placed in the Monmouth S. (G3) and Fort Marcy S. (G3) in his last two, went six furlongs in 1:15.
Multiple stakes winner ROARING LION (Lion Hearted), victor of the Mr. Prospector S. last time, traveled a half-mile in :47 2/5. Sunday's Teddy Drone S. might be next.
Ashland S. (G1) runner-up IT'S TEA TIME (Dynaformer), fourth in the Regret, was caught in :50.
On the fast training track at Belmont Park, Grade 1 veteran BRIBON (Fr) (Mark of Esteem [Ire]) breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5. The True North H. (G2) winner is pointing toward the Vanderbilt.
Other Vanderbilt possibilities who worked included True North runner-up SNAPSHOT (Awesome Again), who went four furlongs in :48 1/5, and multiple stakes winner and 2009 Vanderbilt runner-up GO GO SHOOT (Songandaprayer), who completed his move in :50 2/5.
Suburban H. (G2) winner HAYNESFIELD (Speightstown) finished five-eighths in 1:01 4/5. The Whitney might be on his agenda.
Pasco S. winner UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse), a candidate for the Haskell, went in :59 4/5. He was disqualified from fifth and placed last in the Belmont S. after carrying the incorrect weight.
Grade 3 heroine CHANGING SKIES (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), runner-up in the New York S. (G2), was timed in 1:03 3/5.
Vagrancy H. (G2) heroine HOUR GLASS (Petionville), sixth in the Princess Rooney H. (G1), went a half-mile in :51 2/5. The Honorable Miss is a possibility.
Grade 2 veteran SIR WHIMSEY (Jump Start), last seen taking the R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial S., was clocked in :51 4/5.
Aristides S. (G3) winner RILEY TUCKER (Harlan's Holiday) traveled in :49 2/5. He was fourth in the Donald LeVine Memorial H. last time.
Multiple stakes winner SCOLARA (Quiet American), fourth in the Penny Memorial last time, exercised in :50 2/5.
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