Donegal Racing and Calumet Farm's multiple graded stakes winner Keen Ice wrapped up his major preparations for next weekend's Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course with a half-mile work Saturday morning.
The recent three-length winner of the Grade 2 Suburban on July 8 at Belmont Park, Keen Ice took to the main track early in company with Patch, finishing just ahead of his workmate to cover the distance in 49.09 seconds and gallop out strongly past the wire.
Clocker Mike Welsch of the Daily Racing Form caught the 5-year-old son of Curlin out five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 and out six in 1:13 4/5.
“I thought he breezed really, really well,” said Todd Pletcher, a three-time winning trainer in the Whitney. “It seems like he's in superb form at the moment.”
Among those Keen Ice is expected to face in the Whitney are: Gun Runner, who went gate-to-wire in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster to win by seven lengths on June 17; Breaking Lucky, third in the Foster last time out; and a Loooch Racing Stables-owned pair in Cautious Giant, last-out winner of a six-furlong optional claimer at Thistledown; and Grade 2 Brooklyn winner War Story.
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