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Royal Delta, My Miss Aurelia head Saratoga worktab
|Royal Delta has slowly but surely rounded back into the form that saw her earn an Eclipse Award last year
(Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Royal Delta, last year's champion three-year-old filly, breezed five furlongs in
1:02 2/5 Sunday morning over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track in preparation for her
next start, the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign on August 26.
Exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset was aboard for the move, Royal Delta's first
since her neck victory over Tiz Miz Sue in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap on
"She was a little anxious, a little buzzed going in with it being the first work,
but I was happy with it," Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. "She's training
good, she's eating good, she's moving good...it's all good."
In addition to the Delaware 'Cap, the four-year-old Empire Maker filly won the
Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs and also finished second in the Grade 3
Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park and ninth in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup.
|My Miss Aurelia hasn't been seen in competition since taking the BC Juvenile Fillies
(Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Last year at Saratoga, Royal Delta won the Grade 1 Alabama and finished
third in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.
Fellow champion My Miss Aurelia, honored with an Eclipse Award as the 2011
top juvenile filly, will try to pick up where she left off when she makes her
long-awaited return to the races Wednesday as a supplemental entrant in the
$100,000 Mandy's Gold overnight stakes.
"Absolutely hoping for a similar outcome," trainer Steve Asmussen said of
his undefeated charge, who
broke her maiden and won the Grade 2 Adirondack at the Spa, followed by
victories in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park and Breeders' Cup
Juvenile Fillies. "I definitely think she is a worthy two-year-old champion, and
I'm anxious to have her back to the races."
My Miss Aurelia, who was sidelined for the first part of her three-year-old campaign
with a minor shin injury, turned in an easy maintenance breeze Sunday, working
four furlongs in :49 4/5 on the Oklahoma training track.
|In Lingerie will go for her first Grade 1 victory in the Alabama
(Pat Lang Photography)
Julien Leparoux will ride the Smart Strike daughter in the Mandy's Gold, which attracted a field of
seven, including Srumdiddlyumptious, 4-0-0 from her past five starts
including back-to-back stakes scores at Monmouth and Penn National, as well as Ullapool, a solid second to the promising Book Review in an allowance July 20 at
Trainer Todd Pletcher helped spice up the Saratoga worktab Sunday when
sending out a pair of graded winners to continue their preparations for upcoming stakes. Stay Thirsty and In Lingerie
each worked four furlongs on the fast main track
for their multiple Eclipse Award-winning conditioner.
In Lingerie, victress of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and Grade 3 Bourbonette
Oaks this season, was timed in :48 2/5 while 2011 Grade 1 Travers and Grade 2 Jim Dandy
hero Stay Thirsty checked in at :49.
|Stay Thirsty hasn't visited the winner's circle since taking last year's Travers
(NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
"Both worked well and are on schedule for their respective races," Pletcher
In Lingerie has yet to finish worse than second in her career, most recently
running third in the CCA Oaks. The bay daughter of Empire Maker is expected to make her next start in the Grade 1, $600,000
Alabama sending three-year-old fillies 1 1/4 miles on August 18 at the Spa.
Stay Thirsty is being pointed to the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward at nine
September 1. The Bernardini four-year-old is winless in two starts this year, finishing off the board in the Grade 2 Suburban
Handicap on July 7 following a belated seasonal bow in the Vanlandingham Stakes,
where the dark bay ran second.
Pletcher, who has saddled eight two-year-old winners at the meet thus far, plans
to work four of his juveniles on Monday -- Kauai Katie and Can't Explain, who are
under consideration for next Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for fillies, and
Drum Roll and Shanghai Bobby, each targeting the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga
Special the same day.
|Data Link earned the biggest win of his career thus far when taking the Maker's 46 Mile
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey sent Data Link out for a sizzling :46 1/5
half-mile drill on the firm Oklahoma turf training track at Saratoga on Sunday.
The The War Front four-year-old's next graded foray will come in Saturday's Grade 2,
$500,000 Fourstardave Handicap going a mile on the Spa turf.
Data Link earned his first stakes win in April when he captured Keeneland's
Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile, then was fifth 22 days later in the Grade 1 Woodford
Reserve Turf Classic. He took advantage of a fast pace in his most recent start,
the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on June 10, to prevail by one length over fellow
Fourstardave contender Get Stormy.
"(The Fourstardave is) going to be a solid race, but he's a solid horse," McGaughey
said of Data Link. "It will be the kind of race where whoever gets the best trip will
probably win. They'll be cooking in this race, too, with Wise Dan, Get Stormy,
and some others."
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