Pletcher Report: Fillies OK; Sunriver Has Slight Injury; 'Cat Works; 'Monkey' Ready to Work
Updated: Thursday, August 3, 2006 2:16 PM
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2006 4:53 PM
Photo: Skip Dickstein
Todd Pletcher's weekend had mixed results.
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported that all three of his fillies came out of Sunday's grade I, $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap in good order, including Spun Sugar, who won the race under jockey Mike Luzzi.
"Getting Spun Sugar back to two turns certainly helped. She came out of her last race (Ogden Phipps at Belmont) with a little bug," Pletcher said. "She very seldom runs a poor race; she's a fighter."
Pletcher was also pleased with third-place finisher Pool Land, who pressured Take D'Tour on the lead.
"That's her style (to be on the lead)," Pletcher said. "She fought hard the whole way. Considering it was her first start at a mile and an eighth, I was very impressed."
Race favorite Oonagh Maccool's disappointing last-place finish where she was beaten more than 21 lengths still had Pletcher scratching his head.
"I don't know, I haven't figured anything out yet," Pletcher said. "John (rider John Velazquez) said he was out of horse down the backside, but she came back and scoped clean and she is sound this morning."
At this point, it looks like Pletcher will only have Fleet Indian in the grade I, $400,000 Personal Ensign, to be run Travers' weekend, Friday, Aug. 25.
Pletcher also reported that Sunriver came out of his last-place finish in Saturday's Grade II, $500,000 Jim Dandy with a minor injury.
"It looks like he wrenched his right-hind ankle a little bit," Pletcher said. "There was some inflammation in it yesterday, but it improved today. We'll take it day by day."
Sunriver is now also 0-for-2 on sloppy tracks, a fact not lost on Pletcher.
"He won't be running on a surface like that again," he said.
Pletcher remained non-committal about plans for his array of juveniles, "The Toddlers."
"The only confirmed starters are Cotton Blossom (winner of opening day's grade III, $100,000 Schuylerville) for the Spinaway and Scat Daddy (winner of the July 27th, Grade II, $150,000 Sanford Stakes) for the Hopeful," Pletcher said.
The Spinaway, a grade I, $250,000 stakes for 2-year-old fillies, will be run on Sunday, Sept. 3. It's Grade I, $250,000 counterpart for 2 year old colts, the Hopeful, will be run Labor Day, Closing Day, Monday, Sept. 4.
Haskell-bound Bluegrass Cat breezed five furlongs in 1:00 flat on Saratoga's main track. "All systems are go (for the grade I Haskell)," Pletcher said. "He came out of the work fine."
Pletcher also noted that The Green Monkey, the record $16 million, 2-year-old purchase will breeze either Tuesday or Wednesday. Pletcher remains uncertain when the colt will make his much anticipated debut.
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