James McIngvale's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) winner During will make his next start in Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert said on Monday. The son of Cherokee Run worked five furlongs in an easy 1:02 1/5 over Del Mar's fast main track with regular rider Dana Barnes in the irons.
"He's really doing well right now," Baffert said. "He ran really hard in that allowance race earlier this year to Atswhatimtalknbout (in January) and it took him a little while to come back. But he's as good as he's ever been right now. We thought he'd crush in that race at Churchill, but he probably wasn't back to himself yet."
The Jim Dandy is a 1 1/8-mile main track event worth $500,000 that is expected to attract, among others, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker. Baffert said that Hall of Famer Pat Day will be aboard During for the traditional Travers Stakes (gr. I) prep and that the colt will be shipped from Baffert's Del Mar base to New York on Wednesday.
During earned his first stakes victory in the Swaps and owns a record of 8-3-2-1, $345,670. He finished second in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico in May and third in the Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs last month.