Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming hit the worktab Saturday morning with a four-furlong breeze over the Belmont Park training track, his first work since his eighth-place finish in the Preakness on May 20. The Todd Pletcher-trained Bodemeister colt covered a solo half-mile in 49.96 seconds under exercise rider Hector Ramos.
“I thought he went great,” said Pletcher. “We're really happy with it. It seemed like he did it very easily, very relaxed, in hand, and galloped out nicely. The main thing we wanted was an easy breeze. We just wanted to get a feel for where he is fitness-wise and based on the way he breezed and the way he finished, I'd say he's maintained his fitness very well.”
Pletcher added that Always Dreaming is scheduled for three more breezes before his expected return in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Patch, third in the Belmont Stakes last time out, breezed a half-mile in 49.72 on the training track in company with impressive allowance winner Coal Front.
“[Patch] went well,” Pletcher said. “I'm happy with him. I'd say he's a candidate for the Jim Dandy, Haskell, West Virginia Derby, Curlin … he has lots of options. With Coal Front, we're kind of weighing our options between the Dwyer and the [Grade 2, $200,000] Amsterdam. The timing is good [for the Amsterdam, 6 ½ furlongs on July 29]. He's coming off a very fast allowance race and he's only got two races. We're trying to analyze it from all options.”
Belmont winner Tapwrit is currently slated to step up his training next weekend with his first work following his two-length victory in the 'Test of the Champion' on June 10.
“We felt like coming off a mile and a half race, three works would do it, whether we decide to run in the Jim Dandy or the Haskell,” said Pletcher.
Also on Saturday, 2015 Travers winner Keen Ice and multiple Grade 3 winner Tommy Macho turned in their final breezes for their respective Stars & Stripes Racing Festival assignments.
Keen Ice worked five furlongs in 1:00.85 over the training track ahead of his bid in the Grade 2, $750,000 Suburban, his first start since finishing seventh in the March 25 Dubai World Cup, while Tommy Macho, on target for the Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship, breezed a half-mile in 49.77.
Preakness winner Cloud Computing continued his preparations towards a start in the Jim Dandy with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.84 over the Belmont main track on Saturday morning.
With only four career starts, the son of Maclean's Music has raced exclusively against stakes competition since breaking his maiden at Aqueduct Racetrack last February, turning in respective second- and third-place finishes in the Grade 3 Gotham and Grade 2 Wood Memorial this spring.
“He looked very good,” said trainer Chad Brown. “He galloped out well and is still on target for the Jim Dandy. I love where we're at with him.”
Practical Joke, who is expected to make his first start since finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby in next Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Dwyer visited the main track working in company with fellow multiple graded stakes runner Timeline as the pair of talented 3-year-olds completed four furlongs in 48.84 seconds.
“Both of them worked perfect,” said Brown. “It was Practical Joke's final work before the Dwyer and Timeline's first work since winning the [Grade 3] Pegasus and it went really well.”
Juddmonte Farms' Paulassilverlining, who has won her last three starts with notable Grade 1 victories in the Madison Stakes at Keeneland and the Distaff at Churchill, breezed four furlongs in 50.42 seconds in company with Your Love, who is undefeated in two starts, most recently capturing an allowance on June 18 at Belmont.
“Paulassilverlining continues to train well,” said Brown. “Right now, I'm pointing her to the [Grade 2, $200,000] Honorable Miss [July 26] and Your Love worked good as well. She's done everything right so far. I'm looking to point her to the [Grade 1, $500,000] Test [August 5].”
Leading Brown's turf contingent turning in Saturday works over the main track was Grade 3 Wonder Again winner New Money Honey, on target for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks, and Ticonderoga, pointing for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby, breezing four furlongs in 49.07 seconds in company.
Lastly, multiple graded stakes winner Lady Eli and Grade 1 Longines Just a Game winner Antonoe worked in tandem, completing four furlongs in 49.86 seconds on the main track.
“They seem to be a good team,” added Brown. “Both of them were moving well.”
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