Invasor Breezes Sharply at Belmont

Horse of the Year candidate Invasor breezed a half mile over the main track in :48 1/5 Sunday morning at Belmont Park for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Invasor, a three-time grade I winner this season, sat out yesterday's Jockey Club Gold Cup because he missed a few days of training last week after spiking a fever. Judging by the move, the colt is feeling great.

"He worked really well this morning," McLaughlin said. "I had him out in 1:01 and change. He's doing fine. As long as he doesn't spike another temperature we'll be in good shape."

Although Invasor hasn't raced since his game win in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 5, McLaughlin says the colt would be pointed to the Classic. Invasor is not Breeders' Cup eligible, meaning his owner, Shadwell Stable, will have to supplement the colt for $750,000.

"As long as he's doing well, we're going," McLaughlin said. "It's going to be a very good race. Obviously, Bernardini would have to be at the head of the class right now, but we're battle tested. I wouldn't think that Bernardini would win by five in a waltz over (Invasor) and Lava Man. We respect Bernardini a lot and he's a special horse, but we're not afraid of him.

"We don't like going into the Classic off 13 weeks, but Invasor has not missed any time other than the four days he lost with the fever."