Macho Uno, Evening Attire, and Seeking Daylight, three of the leading contenders for the July 6 Suburban Handicap all were on the work tab at Belmont Park Saturday morning.
Evening Attire, coming off a second-place finish in the Massachusetts Handicap, turned more than a few heads with his six-furlong work in 1:10 3/5. "We have to get him ready," trainer Pat Kelly said. "I like to give him a good work a week before the race. He worked in :59 before the Mass Cap."
Evening Attire, who knocked off Street Cry in last fall's Discovery Handicap, also captured the Queens County and Aqueduct Handicaps. Kelly feels he didn't care for the surface at Suffolk Downs in the Mass Cap. "I don't think he liked it the whole race," Kelly said. "It was very dry, and I was very happy to be second in there."
Mass Cap winner Macho Uno breezed a half-mile in :50 4/5. "It was just an open gallop and I wanted to get into him the last half," trainer Joe Orseno said. "He's carrying super flesh and he's developed mentally and physically."
Seeking Daylight, who blew his field away in the Brooklyn Handicap, winning by eight lengths in the slop, zipped his half in :47 3/5. "I thought he would run well in the Brooklyn, but I didn't think he'd win by eight lengths," Hennig said. "You can't hold his wet track wins against him. He's improving a lot and he'll show up and run on a fast track just as well as a wet track."
Other definites for the Suburban are last year's Whitney and Woodward winner Lido Palace, making his 2002 debut, and Country Be Gold, with the connections of E Dubai and Saint Verre leaning toward running.
Also working Saturday was Affirmed Success, who drilled five furlongs in :59 2/5 under jockey Richard Migliore. The 8-year-old multiple grade I winner is expected to run in Thursday's grade II Tom Fool Stakes at seven furlongs. Among those expected to run are Left Bank, Express Tour, Appealing Danger, Voodoo, Summer note, and Southland Blues.