Other Steve Asmussen-trained horses on the work tab included Pyro, who is being pointed for the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27, and Z Fortune, who will make his next start in the West Virginia Derby (gr. III) Aug. 2.
“We had a really nice morning,” said assistant trainer Scott Blasi. “All the horses worked very well. This was Curlin’s first work back and we told Carlos (Rosas) to go in :52 and he went in :51 3/5. The horse looked perfect, and that’s exactly what we’d do with him normally. He came out of the Man o’ War in tremendous shape, and that’s what you want to see.”
No decision has been made yet by owner Jess Jackson regarding Curlin’s next start.
Pyro, coming off an impressive score in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III), breezed a half in :50 3/5.
“He’s had two nice works up here and came out of the Northern Dancer in good shape, and hopefully we’ll see that New Orleans power again,” Blasi said. “I’m excited about running him in the Jim Dandy.”
Z Fortune worked six furlongs in 1:16 3/6 in company with Zanjero, who will pass the Whitney (gr. I) July 26.