Pegasus: Keen Ice, Neolithic ‘Worked Super’ In Company Saturday

by | 01.07.2017 | 4:08pm
Neolithic wins an allowance race at Gulfstream Park

Todd Pletcher's hopefuls for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Keen Ice and Neolithic, worked in company Saturday morning at Palm Beach Downs.

Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the runner-up in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes (G3), and Starlight Racing's Neolithic finished on even terms and were each given a time of 1:00.40 for their five-furlong work. Keen Ice worked outside of Neolithic, the winner of a Gulfstream Park allowance race Dec. 14 in his last start.

“I thought they both worked super,” Pletcher said in between races Saturday afternoon. “They seem to be doing well and everything is on schedule. I think we will keep them on a Saturday work schedule as long as the weather looks good.”

Pletcher said Javier Castellano, aboard Keen Ice for Saturday's work, will ride him in the Pegasus. John Velazquez has the mount on Neolithic.

XBTV video of the workout available here.

Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost worked six furlongs in 1:14.65 on Friday morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center for the inaugural running of the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus.

He worked nice by himself and finished willingly,” Jerkens said. “He galloped out nice and strong in 1:27 2/5.”

Jerkens said he will need to find a rider for Shaman Ghost, who who won the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga Race Course in September with Javier Castellano aboard.

“The jockey is uncertain as I found out for sure that we don't have Javier as he stayed with Keen Ice,” Jerkens said.

XBTV video of the workout available here.

  • Meg Hiers

    Keen Ice looked like he was trying to run in any direction but straight down the stretch.

  • Richard C

    When the starting gate clangs open on Pegasus Saturday, could this tag team become the Thoroughbred version of the Fabulous Kangaroos, the Road Warriors or The Von Brauners?!?

  • David Juffet

    Javier is a plus for sure but not enough to move this plodder into contention win wise.

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