The A.P. Indy colt who races for Rick Pitino's Ol Memorial Stable finished fourth behind Scorpion in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) after running second behind Point Given in the Preakness and Belmont. Scorpion, owned by Robert Baker and partners, came out of his four-furlong breeze Sunday in "good order" according to Mike Maker, assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas. "He won't work again before Saturday, he's just going to gallop up to the race," Maker said. Gary West's Dollar Bill walked the shedrow Monday morning. The son of Peaks and Valleys had his final Travers prep Sunday, working five furlongs over Saratoga's main track in 1:00 4/5, handily. Trainer Dallas Stewart said the colt would jog and gallop up to the race. Jorge Chavez rides.Also working Sunday was Ralph Evans' Free of Love, who went six furlongs in 1:12 for Richard Violette Jr. The trainer said the son of Meadow Flight came out of the work in good shape. "He had a day off today," Violette said. "All the post workout stuff came back great. He ate up and is feeling pretty good." Pat Day picked up the mount on Free Of Love after This Fleet Is Due was withdrawn from the race. Day has won the Travers three times: with Play Fellow (1983), Java Gold (1987) and Easy Goer (1989). Should he win this running, he will tie Eddie Arcaro, Braulio Baeza and Jimmy McLaughlin for most Travers wins.
Harrisand, a French-bred turf specialist who will be making his career debut on dirt for trainer Robert Frankel and owner Edmund Gann, walked Monday morning after working six furlongs on Sunday in 1:13 2/5 over the main track. "We wanted to take it easy with him this morning since he had that workout on Sunday," Frankel said. "He still looks good for the Travers." Harrisand finished third in the Kent Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park in his last race on July 22.Travers hopeful Volponi, owned by Amherst Stable and Spruce Pond Stable, also walked around the barn this morning for trainer P.G. Johnson. Volponi posted the best workout on Sunday after jockey Richard Migliore breezed him in 1:11 for six furlongs. Volponi entered the Travers picture after 13 1/2-length allowance race victory at Saratoga earlier this month. "He couldn't be any better," Johnson said. "I think what really helped him in his last race was the switch to blinkers and moving him back on the main track. He's still a nice grass horse. He just ran into some racing problems in his last two races on the grass. If this doesn't work out for him, we can always put him back on the grass."