Owned by Koji Maeda of Osaka, Japan, Sunday Break is a half-brother to Maeda's Phalaenopsis, former juvenile filly champion and champion older mare in Japan.
Saarland had his final workout for the Wood Memorial, breezing four furlongs in :48 at Belmont Park. After an opening eighth in :12 1/5 and a quarter in :23 1/5, he closed his final quarter in :24 4/5 "That was what I was looking for,"said trainer Shug McGaughey. "He'll just gallop into the Wood."
As for his race in the Gotham, in which he finished second, McGaughey said, "I was real happy he showed more early speed. I'm hoping he can make a forward move off of it. It looked like the type of race he will be able to. Two turns looks like it's his game."
Also working for the Wood was Michael Tabor's Nokoma, who went a half over the Belmont training track in :48 1/5. Nokoma was beaten 28 1/2 lengths in the Florida Derby."I've got no explanation for the Florida Derby," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He's a better horse than what he showed. He's shipped in here well and I was happy with what I saw this morning. He's proven in the past he can run with these horses. He ran his biggest race on that track last November. He deserves another shot."
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