Returning to the workout tab on Saturday for his first breeze since winning the Alydar on August 2, G M B Racing's multiple graded-stakes placed runner Tom's d'Etat completed four furlongs in 50.24 seconds at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.
The 6-year-old sired by Smart Strike picked up his first victory of the year from four starts in the Alydar, after kicking off his campaign with a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park followed by a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Alysheba and third-place running in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.
“It was his first breeze back. I told our rider to go in 50 [seconds] and he went in 50 and a tick. He caught a really nice racetrack and we like what we've seen so far,” said conditioner Al Stall, Jr.
Tom's d'Etat is unbeaten in three starts at Saratoga. He broke his maiden at second asking by four lengths in August 2016 and added an allowance win by a widening nine lengths at Saratoga in July 2017.
Stall said Tom's d'Etat would return to face graded stakes competition in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Saturday August 31 but with a new jockey aboard in 2018 Eclipse award winner Irad Ortiz, Jr who takes the mount from Joel Rosario, who is committed to riding multiple graded stakes winner Yoshida in the race.
“He's confirmed for the Woodward with Irad,” said Stall. “Rosario is going to stick with Yoshida which you can understand that, but he's [Tom's d'Etat] got a great record up here and we're excited.”
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