After recording an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for his 3 ¾ length triumph in Saturday's Grade 2 Saratoga Special, conditioner Jimmy Jerkens reported Stronach Stables' 2-year-old Green Light Go, now unbeaten in two starts, exited his victory in good order.
The Stronach Stables homebred successfully won his debut wire-to-wire on July 4 at Belmont Park and showed a new dimension on Saturday, coming from off the pace and pulling away late to win comfortably.
“He looks good this morning,” said Jerkens. “He ate up all his feed and he's in good order, so it's exciting.”
Jerkens, who picked up his first victory of the Saratoga meet from 12 starts, said he was thrilled with the exciting performance of the Hard Spun colt.
“Things hadn't been too good up to yesterday, so it was nice to get that victory the way we did,” said Jerkens. “Hopefully, we can keep it going.”
Jerkens said he would nominate Green Light Go for the Grade 1, $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful on closing day, Labor Day September 2, but that it's more likely the colt would make his next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne on October 5 at Belmont.
“We'll nominate for the Hopeful and take a look at the field, but it's more likely we run in the Champagne,” said Jerkens. “We'll let the horse tell us and we'll see which spot works for him best. We'll see how he goes on.”
The Champange is a “Win and You're In” for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this fall at Santa Anita Park.
Jerkens also reported Centennial Farms 6-year-old Preservationist,who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Whitney last out following an impressive 4 ½ length win in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont, would remain under consideration for the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Saturday, August 17.
The veteran conditioner said Candygram, who finished a disappointing ninth in the $100,000 Alydar on August 2, came out of that race sick and would be sidelined.
Talented 3-year-old Mihos,who finished sixth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27, breezed four furlongs in 50.59 seconds on the Oklahoma training track turf course Sunday morning in preparation for a potential start in the future on the grass.
Jerkens also said Meet Me in L A, a recent maiden winner for Stronach Stables, would target a start in an allowance race during Travers week.
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