Brass Hat to Return to Spa for Woodward; Rags in Sharp Work
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Prior to his uncharacteristically dull performance in the Whitney, the 6-year-old son of Prized had returned from a long layoff to set a new track record for 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs, beating Student Council a head in 1:41 1/5.
Stablemate Lawyer Ron, record-setting winner of the Whitney, breezed five furlongs in 1:02. The son of Langfuhr will attempt to make it two in a row in the Woodward.
Two new shooters for the Woodward who did not compete in the Whitney are Suburban Handicap (gr. I) winner Political Force and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) winner Corinthian. They could be joined by Whitney runner-up Wanderin Boy and stablemate Sun King, as well as Diamond Stripes, third in the Whitney.
Working for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) was Ogden Mill Phipps’ Sightseeing, a fast-closing third in the recent Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). The son of Pulpit covered his five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 for trainer Shug McGaughey.
The Neil Howard-trained Grasshopper, a possible for the Travers following his six-length allowance romp July 30, drilled six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.
Hard Spun, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Haskell Invitational (gr. I), breezed a half-mile in a bullet :47 at
Also working for the King's Bishop was the Bobby Frankel-trained First Defence, winner of the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth, who drilled a sharp five furlongs in :59 4/5.
Allen Jerkens sent out his multiple stakes-winning Teammate for a spirited seven-furlong work in 1:25 in preparation for either the Personal Ensign (gr. I) or Ruffian.
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