Salomon Del Valle's multiple-stakes winner Gunnevera registered his first work Saturday morning since finishing third March 30 in the Dubai World Cup (G1), going a leisurely half mile at Gulfstream Park West in :51.
Second in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and Woodward (G1), Gunnevera returned from Dubai and was given time off in Ocala before returning to Sano's barn earlier in the month.
“We wanted to bring him back slow,” said Sano of the 5-year-old son of Dialed In. “He worked this morning for the first time. He went in 51, very easy.”
A winner of more than $5.5 million, Gunnevera, winner of the 2017 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) and runner-up in that year's Travers (G1), could be headed back to Saratoga.
“The plan is to run at Saratoga in the Whitney (G1) and the Woodward (G1). That's the plan right now,” Sano added. “Maybe one race before Saratoga here at Gulfstream? We'll have to see.”
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