From the New York Racing Association:
Without the presence of Sky Mesa or Whywhywhy, Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild figured to be tough in the Oct. 5 Champagne (gr. I). Pretty Wild, a son of longshot Alabama (gr. I) winner Pretty Discreet, went to the post the 6-5 favorite in the Champagne and ran awful, finishing a distant fourth.
Questions arose about how far Pretty Wild wanted to go and if strong runner-up efforts in the Hopeful (gr. I) and Futurity (gr. I) caused him to regress in the Champagne.
Thrown for a loop after the colt's poor Champagne, trainer Stanley Hough ordered a blood test on Pretty Wild and found the answers he was looking for.
"His blood was a little off and he was run down," Hough said. "He might have been fighting a little virus."
With four weeks since the Champagne, Pretty Wild should be ready for another peak effort when he takes on an up-and-coming field of juveniles in the grade III, $100,000 Nashua at one mile Saturday.
Signaling that he was ready to race soon, the Wild Again colt blazed four furlongs in an Oct. 21 workout, covering the distance in a lightning-quick :46.
"He was a little fresh going into that workout," said Hough, who admitted he would have liked to seen something slower. "We backed off him a bit after his blood work came back."
Hough was far more pleased with an Oct. 28 work in which the colt went five furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
After four consecutive races beneath jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, Hough will go with Edgar Prado for the Nashua.
"We were looking to hook him up with someone who would be in Florida for the winter," Hough explained as the reason for the jockey change.
Dogwood Stable's Boston Bull is one of those improving youngsters who could be very dangerous in this spot. The Boston Harbor colt won his last two starts, including the grade III Cowdin over a sloppy track. Both wins have come since the addition of blinkers.
"I don't know for sure if the blinkers moved him up," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He made a couple of greenness mistakes in his first start. He wanted to lay on horses and wouldn't allow Johnny (Velazquez) to pull him out."
Boston Bull broke his maiden going seven furlongs and Pletcher thinks one more furlong should not be a problem. Delicacy, the dam of Boston Bull, has thrown several turf winners, but Pletcher hopes to stay on the dirt with this colt.
"He's by a Pleasant Colony mare, so he should stretch out to the mile," Pletcher.
The field, in post position order:
Boston Bull, John Velazquez, 122
Outer Reef, Jerry Bailey, 116
Areyouamused, Todd Glasser, 118
Pretty Wild, Edgar Prado, 116
Formidable Fox, Richard Migliore, 116
Added Edge, Paul Husbands, 122
Wacky For Love, Jose Santos, 118
Roaring Fever, Aaron Gryder, 116