Saint Liam Breezes for Saturday's Woodward
Updated: Monday, September 5, 2005 4:29 PM
Posted: Sunday, September 4, 2005 7:24 PM
Saint Liam breezed six furlongs over Aqueduct's main track Sunday morning in 1:16 3/5. An earner of more than $1.7 million, Saint Liam is running in Saturday's $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
"He worked great," trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. "I'm very confident. He's doing super."
The 1 1/8-mile Woodward could feature a grudge match between Saint Liam and Commentator, who defeated Saint Liam by a neck in Saratoga's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 6. Commentator led from start to finish in the Whitney while Saint Liam chased in second throughout.
After the Whitney, Dutrow blamed himself for Saint Liam's narrow defeat, saying, "I should have entered a 'rabbit.'" Dutrow nominated five horses to the Woodward. Four of them – Crafty Player, Kazoo, Show Boot and Wamp – are front-runners.
"I'm going to run (one of them) if Commentator runs," Dutrow said. "I don't want (Commentator) getting loose again."
Saint Liam, who won the Donn and Stephen Foster handicaps (both gr. I) earlier this year, will have a new jockey for the Woodward. Jerry Bailey replaces Edgar Prado, who has ridden Saint Liam in his last nine starts.
"The owner wanted to make a change for the race," Dutrow said.
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