Hobeau Farms' Kelly Kip put in a four-furlong drill over a sloppy Belmont Park strip Wednesday morning, his third work since returning to trainer Allen Jerkens' barn after recovering from his second hock infection in as many years. Kelly Kip completed the work in :47, handily.
"It's good to have him back in the barn," Jerkens said. "He was well within himself this morning. I'm not sure where or when he'll surface again."
Kelly Kip went to the sidelines with the infection after finishing second to Brutally Frank in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) in April. "We found it right after the Bold Ruler," said Jerkens. "I've never seen anything like it. The same horse getting the exact same hock infection two years in a row. Thankfully, this one wasn't as serious as the first."
The 6-year-old son of Kipper Kelly's last race in 1999 was also the Bold Ruler, which he won while breaking his own course record set while winning the 1998 Bold Ruler. Since returning to racing earlier this year, Kelly Kip has won one race -- an allowance at Gulfstream Park in February -- from four starts.
At Saratoga Wednesday, King Cugat and License Fee put in five-furlong works over the firm Oklahoma turf course. Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner License Fee covered the distance in 1:01; King Cugat was timed in 1:02.
At Santa Anita, Bob Baffert sent out a pair of turf runners. Ramona Handicap (gr. IT) winner Caffe Latte breezed four furlongs over the fast main track in :50 2/5. While Purely Cozzene, who set a taxing pace before finishing second in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) when last out, went the same distance in :48, handily.