Pataky Kid, Gold Edge Breeze for Keeneland
Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington Park, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 flat Sept. 24 in preparation for the upcoming Oct. 6 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Following the bullet five-eighths move on Polytrack, the juvenile son of Rockport Harbor conditioned by trainer Tom Proctor galloped out three-quarters in 1:13 2/5.
"Pataky Kid worked in company with another Proctor horse," said Arlington clocker Bobby Belpedio on Sept. 27. "The track was very slow on Monday and I thought it was a very, very good work for him."
Also breezing Sept. 24 over the dull Arlington Polytrack was Dolphus Morrison's undefeated Gold Edge, heroine of the Sept. 8 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III).
Prior to the one-mile Futurity Sept. 8, Pataky Kid broke his maiden at Arlington by three-quarters of a length going seven furlongs Aug. 9. He finished third first time out at Churchill Downs July 1.
"Pataky Kid is still up there at Arlington," said Christina Lawton, manager of Swifty Farms and granddaughter of owners Don and Dana Myers. "Tom says he will be shipping down to Keeneland shortly, probably in the next couple of days."
Lawton picked the Oklahoma-bred Pataky Kid out of a Fasig-Tipton sale at Palm Meadows last March along with bloodstock agent Donato Lanni.
"Everything is still right on schedule for our colt," Lawton added. "He's been working well. We're all looking forward to the Keeneland race. We'll all be there with bells on."
Over the last three decades, three Arlington-Washington Futurity winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Preakness Stakes (gr. I) or Belmont (gr. I).
The Lon Wiggins-trained Gold Edge breezed six furlongs under jockey Chris Emigh in 1:14 2/5 prior to shipping to Lexington Sept. 26 in preparation for Keeneland's Oct. 5 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I).
"She worked fine," Wiggins said, speaking over the phone from Kentucky. "Actually, she tried to run off a little bit but Chris did a real good job controlling her. We shipped her down here yesterday and she trained good over the Polytrack down here this morning. We'll probably work her again on Sunday (Sept. 30). By then we should pretty much know who else is going in the race. I think they're expecting a big field for the Alcibiades."
Gold Edge, a Kentucky homebred daughter of Eddington , broke her maiden at first asking June 24. She won Arlington's Lisa M Stakes as a prep for the Lassie Aug. 4 in the only other start of her career.
Three years ago, Nancy Mazzoni's She Be Wild won the Arlington-Washington Lassie and the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) after finishing second in the Alcibiades.
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