Pletcher Brings Double Trouble to Mohawk

Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered both Finality and I'm All Yours for the 1 1/8-mile $150,000 Mohawk Saturday on the Belmont Park turf. Both have strong credentials.

Three-year-old Finality has done most of his running against his own age group. He was second in the Lexington and Saranac (gr. IIIT) and registered his first stakes win in the Jamaica (gr. IIT).

"He proved he's one of the better quality 3-year-old turf horses in the Jamaica," Pletcher said. "If the turf is too soft, I may not run him."

Five-year-old gelding I'm All Yours has beaten several in the Mohawk field on at least one occasion. Last year's Mohawk winner will be looking for a repeat after winning the Ashley T. Cole by a neck over Haggs Castle.

"He got the trip he wants in the Ashley Cole," Pletcher said. "You have to let him run his race and come with a big finish."

Michael Shanley's Whitmore's Conn, winner of the Grade Bowling Green (gr. IIT) at Belmont in the spring, drops into the Mohawk after chasing Grade I horses in the Sword Dancer and Turf Classic. While he may have been overmatched in those spots, the Kris S. colt did not disgrace, only beaten by 3 1/2 lengths on both occasions.

"This should be a little easier than what he's been running against," trainer Randy Schulhofer said. "The mile and an eighth is a little short for him, but he's done well all year and he's gotten better. There are no races at a mile and a quarter for New York-breds."

In his last voyage into state-bred company, Whitmore's Conn finished sixth, beaten four lengths, in the Kingston behind Celtic Sky, who later won his second stakes of the year in the West Point.

Haggs Castle, only a neck behind I'm All Yours in the Ashley T. Cole, was fifth in last year's Mohawk.

$150,000 Mohawk, 1 1/8 mile on turf, 3 & up
1 World of Wonder, Aaron Gryder, 113
2 Finality, John Velazquez, 121
3 Robbie's Rockin, Javier Castellano, 111
4 Haggs Castle, Mike Luzzi, 114
5 Bicentennial, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 116
6 Chasin' Wimmin, Jean-Luc Samyn, 114
7 Whitmore's Conn, Shaun Bridgmohan, 124
8 Reluctant Groom, Edgar Prado, 116
9 I'm All Yours, Jerry Bailey, 123
10 Statement, Richard Migliore, 116
11 Celtic Sky, Jose Santos, 120
12 Quiet Ruler, Sebastian Madrid, 113
Also Eligible
13 Preferred Guest, Victor Carrero, 112
Main Track Only
14 Seeking the Money, Jorge Chavez, 115