Stay Thirsty , the 2011 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner, breezed a quick five furlongs over the Belmont Park training track May 11 as he points to a summer campaign in New York for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Mike Repole's Stay Thirsty was timed in 1:00.28 over a fast track, swiftest of nine workouts at the distance over the surface. It was the second breeze for the son of Bernardini since he returned to New York from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Stay Thirsty had a five-furlong drill May 5 in 1:01.45 over Belmont's training track.
Stay Thirsty has not raced since finishing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. Pletcher has not announced when Stay Thirsty will return to action though he plans to give the 4-year-old colt at least one race prior to the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course. The 1 1/8-mile Suburban Handicap (gr. II) July 7 at Belmont is a possibility.
The Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup (both gr. I) are also goals for Stay Thirsty during the latter half of the season, possibly followed by a return to the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Last year, Stay Thirsty won the Gotham (gr. III) and Jim Dandy (gr. II) stakes prior to his Travers victory. Runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. II) following a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Stay Thirsty was also third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Out of the Storm Bird mare Marozia, Stay Thirsty has compiled a 4-3-1 mark in 12 lifetime starts with earnings of nearly $1.5 million.
Elsewhere, Jackson Bend , winner of the Carter Handicap (gr. I) by a nose over Caleb's Posse April 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack, breezed at Saratoga for trainer Nick Zito.
In his third work over the Saratoga dirt training track since the Carter, the Florida-bred son of Hear No Evil was clocked in 1:02.38 for five furlongs. Jackson Bend, a 5-year-old, is expected to make his next start in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) May 28 at Belmont.