Stronach Stable's Delta Prince turned in a sharp, five-furlong breeze Monday morning ahead of his expected bid in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at a mile on the turf at Saratoga Race Course.
The 5-year-old half-brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta, Delta Prince breezed in company with 3-year-old maiden Timber Ghost over the Oklahoma training track for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The pair completed the move in 1:00.31 seconds, the fastest of 20 at the distance.
It was Delta Prince's third work – all at Saratoga – since returning from a nearly 10-month layoff to win the Grade 2 King Edward by 1 ¾ lengths on June 30 at Woodbine. Last Monday, the son of Street Cry breezed five furlongs over the Oklahoma turf course in 1:03.19.
“He seems like he's come out of his last race pretty good,” said Jerkens. “I hope by then the turf course firms up a little bit. He ran good [in the in the King Edward]; the turf was nice and firm. When they've been out that long, that helps you when it's not fighting against you.”
Delta Prince didn't start until the fall of his sophomore year and broke his maiden in his third try that December. Last year, Delta Prince won a pair of allowance races and finished second in the Grade 3 Appleton. He closed out his season with a third-place finish behind Heart to Heart and Forge in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on closing day of Saratoga.
“He always was very honest, very professional. We just had to give him time,” said Jerkens. “He had a lot of little things go wrong and it just went against him for a while. When he got to Florida, it just looked like he needed time off, so he went back to the farm in Ocala and that did him a lot of good.”
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