Wilkes said Marylou Whitney Stable's Bird Song exited his half-mile breeze on Tuesday in good shape and remains on target for the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs on the Travers undercard.
Winner of the Grade 2 Alysheba on May 5, the 4-year-old Unbridled's Song colt donned blinkers in Tuesday's breeze, working four furlongs in 48.70 seconds over the Oklahoma track. Wilkes said he hoped the equipment change would help the colt focus better in the race's later stages.
Bird Song cut back considerably in distance in his last race, following an eighth-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 1 Stephen Foster, to six furlongs in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on July 29, where he raced wide to finish fourth, 9 1/4 lengths behind front-running winner El Deal.
“He felt good this morning,” said Wilkes. “it was a nice work with the blinkers. I've wanted to see how he'd handle them. I think the horse isn't finishing with as much focus in his races so I've been testing the blinkers to see he liked them. At the moment, I probably will [add them for the race].”
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