Saturday Stakes Runners All Exit In Good Order
Up to the Mark (Not This Time) and Master of The Seas (Ire) (Dubawi Ire), who finished noses apart in Saturday’s GI Coolmore Turf Mile, both exited the race in good order, according to their connections.
“He [Charlie Appleby] usually likes to let the dust settle a couple days after the race and then decide,” traveling lad Chris Connett said.
Following the race Saturday, Appleby indicated Master of The Seas could return to Europe Tuesday or Wednesday or possibly stay here if a Breeders’ Cup run is in the cards.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is finalizing travel plans for his Breeders’ Cup contingent that likely will include in addition to Up to the Mark, GI Darley Alcibiades winner Candied (Candy Ride Arg) along with GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner and ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Locked (Gun Runner).
Meanwhile, Baldo Hernandez, assistant to Chad Brown, reported the trainer’s three runners from Saturday’s GI First Lady S. exited the race in good order with immediate plans to be determined.
Brown did not commit to a next start for GI Champagne runner up General Partner (Speightstown).
“I want to see how he trains a little bit, and see if we want to try two turns now in the Breeders’ Cup or wait until next year,” Brown said. “At some point I will try him two turns, he relaxes nicely. He gives me the feeling that he would be able to do it, but we’ll have to see if he’ll be in the Breeders’ Cup or not.”
The Champagne winner, ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Timberlake (Into Mischief), is likely bound for the Breeders’ Cup.
“He came back really good,” said Dustin Dugas, assistant to Brad Cox. “He cooled out really good. He heads back to Kentucky today. I was very happy with the way he won and Florent was happy, too. He’s just a cool dude. It seems like he’s one that can stretch out for sure.”
Bill Mott’s War Like Goddess (English Channel) and Just F Y I (Justify) both returned from their respective wins in good order.
At Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert reported Muth (Good Magic) and Wine Me Up (Vino Rosso), the one-two finishers in Saturday’s GI American Pharoah for 2-year-olds, were both doing well Sunday morning. The same was said by Mark Glatt of Chatalas (Gun Runner), winner of Saturday’s GII Chandelier at 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-old fillies.
Both Muth and Wine Me Up will both be pointed to the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
“I don’t like to look too far ahead until I see them work back, but that’s the plan for now,” Baffert said.
As for Chatalas: “She’s in good shape,” Glatt said. “Things worked out for her yesterday. We always thought she’d be better at two turns, but I don’t believe it until I see it. She proved what we thought.”