The much-anticipated career debut of Todd Pletcher trainee The Green Monkey will not occur at Saratoga Race Course this year, Pletcher confirmed Aug. 24.
The Green Monkey, a $16-million purchase at auction, is expected to work Aug. 26 at Belmont Park , the trainer said.
“He’s training very well, and we hope to make a maiden race at Belmont in the fall,” Pletcher said. “We’ve always focused on getting him ready when he’s ready, and will continue to do so with no specific target in mind.”
The 3-year-old son of Forestry shattered the world record for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction when Irish agent Demi O’Byrne purchased the colt for John Magnier of Coolmore Stud, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course.
The owners sent the colt to Pletcher’s stable in April, and the colt shipped into Saratoga last July. But a gluteal muscle pull that might have occurred during a five-furlong breeze in early August, 2006 (the colt went in 1:03 2/5) sent The Green Monkey to the sidelines. He was shipped to Ashford Stud, Coolmore’s Kentucky-based farm, to recover and returned to training this March.
In his last work Aug. 12, The Green Monkey breezed five furlongs in 1:00.62.