Saratoga Notebook: Medaglia d'Oro Works; Mike's Wildcat Update; Zito Pair to Jim Dandy; Wild Steeplechase

Saratoga Notebook: Medaglia d'Oro Works; Mike's Wildcat Update; Zito Pair to Jim Dandy; Wild Steeplechase
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Medaglia d'Oro, shown winning the San Felipe, is working toward the Jim Dandy.
Preparing for the Jim Dandy on Aug. 4, Belmont stakes runner-up Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:13.85 handily Thursday morning over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.

Jockey Richard Migliore worked the colt for trainer Bobby Frankel. According the Frankel, Medaglia d'Oro galloped out an extra furlong in just over 1:26.

"I was happy," Frankel said. "The jockey loved him. He worked him before the Belmont and said he went better than before theBelmont."

Frankel said he hasn't decided which jockey he will use on Medaglia d'Oro. Kent Desormeaux, who rode the colt in the Belmont, is among the jockeys Frankel said he is considering. He said he'll make his decision next week.

"I've got to see how all the jockeys are riding over the weekend," he said.

Jorge Chavez has picked up the mount on Lido Palace in the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 3. Chavez replaces Jerry Bailey, who will ride Street Cry in the Whitney. Frankel said the aggressive Chavez seems to be a good fit for Lido Palace.

"If he wins, it's not going to be a one-shot deal," Frankel said, laughing. "If he gets beat, I don't know. I'm not making any commitments."

Also working for Frankel Thursday were LaBamta Babe, five furlongs in 1:02.25; Denon, headed for the Sword Dancer on Aug. 10, five furlongs on the grass in 1:00.27; Harrisand, five furlongs on the grass in 1:00.62.

Zito Points Pair Toward Jim Dandy
Nick Zito said Thursday morning that he plans to run both Nothing Flat and Quest in the Jim Dandy as a prep for the Travers on Aug. 24.

Zito declined an invitation to send Nothing Flat to Monmouth Park for the $1 million Haskell the same day, and scratched Quest out of a nine-furlong allowance at Saratoga on Friday. Nothing Flat finished second to Gygistar in the Dwyer on July 7.

"I'm looking at the Jim Dandy for both of them," Zito said. "I'm hoping these horses can move forward. It's not that I have War Emblem and Came Home or Sunday Break. I'm still trying to identify that they belong in the Travers."

Running style and competition were the main factors in keeping both horses in Saratoga.

"Nothing Flat is identified with this track. He's trained brilliantly on it," Zito said. "He comes from the clouds, and Monmouth Park is not suited for him. Came Home is no bum, and he'll probably have things his own way, though Magic Weisner is no bum, either.

"With Quest, we thought about the allowance race to see if it was the best race to approach the Travers but, obviously, it's not. It may not do him any justice. If you think you belong there, you might as well run in the Jim Dandy."


Mike's Wildcat Has Lung Infection
Beaten Schuylerville favorite Mike's Wildcat came out of the race with a lung infection, trainer John Ward said Thursday. After dueling with eventual winner Freedom's Daughter for a half-mile, Mike's Wildcat faded to sixth in the field of seven 2-year-old fillies. Mike's Wildcat was purchased privately by John Oxley after her victory in the Astoria and put in Ward's care on July 18. Ward said the filly did not bleed and may be able to run in the Spinwaay on Aug. 30.

"These things you treat as they go along and they usually clear themselves up," Ward said. "She ought to be in good shape by the time we get there, especially since there was no bleeding. That's important."

Meanwhile, trainer Todd Pletcher said he hasn't made a decison on the next race for Freedom's Daughter. The second leg of Saratoga series for juvenile fillies, which concludes with the Spinaway, is the Adirondack on Aug. 12.

"This filly had a lot of time from her first race to her second, so we'll play it by ear and see," he said. "We're going to keep the middle one open as a possibility."

Wild Steeplechase Race
The Saratoga steeplechase season got off to a wild start Thursday with only five of the eight starters completing the course.

Heavily favored Star Tide stumbled going over the final hurdle and unseated rider Blythe Miller. She landed hard on the track on her back but was not injured. Boomtown and Understood left the course and did not finish the 2 1/16ths miles allowance race won by Trebizond.

Prado Gets Dumped
As he was being loaded into the gate for the third race, for 2-year-old maidens, Masquerading reared, dropping jockey Edgar Prado, and fell on his side. After being examined by emergency medical technicians, Prado climbed back aboard Masquerading and rode the race. They finished last.

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