Fantastic Light Preps for Man O' War Start

Godolphin Racing's Man O' War Stakes (gr. IT) hopeful Fantastic Light put in a five-furlong drill over the main track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $500,000 race. Fantastic Light was timed in 1:00.89, handily.

In his most recent start, the Saeed bin Suroor trainee finished second to Montjeu in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) in July at Ascot. The 4-year-old son of Rahy is winless since taking the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-III) in his first start of the year. As a 3-year-old, he defeated Bienamado by 1 1/4 lengths in the Stakis Casinos Great Voltigeur Stakes (Eng-II).

In 1998, a Godolphin runner won the Man O' War when Dayalmi stormed through the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Buck's Boy. Prior to the Man O' War, Daylami came home fourth, beaten by three lengths, in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, finishing behind the victorious Swain, second-place High-Rise, and third-place Royal Anthem.

Other probable starters for the Man O' War include Aly's Alley, Down the Aisle, Ela Athena, Gritty Sandie, Honor Glide, John's Call, Sunshine Street, and Timboroa.

John's Call, a 9-year-old Thomas Voss-trained gelding, worked at Saratoga on Saturday, getting five furlongs in 1:01.24 on the main track. In his last start, John's Call romped to a 9 1/4-length victory in the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga.

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