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Stay Thirsty Focused on Second Half Campaign

Jim Dandy and Travers winner has begun light training at Palm Meadows.

Last year's Travers (gr. I) winner Stay Thirsty  has begun preparations for his 2012 campaign, having recently entered light training at Palm Meadows.

“We wanted to give him a meaningful break with a focus on Saratoga and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I),” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “Hopefully, we’ll have him still at a peak in the fall, unlike last year. We’ll probably breeze him in 10 days to two weeks from now and go from there. He’s galloping every day and is approaching being ready to breeze.”

Pletcher said that while Saratoga's Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 4 is Stay Thirsty’s “first major goal,” he would like to first give him a prep at Belmont Park during the spring/summer meet.

“Ideally, we’d have at least one race before the Whitney,” said Pletcher. “It’s not important what it is.”

Owner Mike Repole concurred with the plan.

“We’ve been pointing for the second half of the year and we know he likes New York,” he said. “We’re looking to give him a prep at Belmont, then race in the Whitney and Woodward at Saratoga, then the Jockey Club Gold Cup before we hopefully go on the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I)."