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Since registering a one-length victory over Most Safety within the June 16 Pegasus Stakes, King for a Day has relocated to and resumed galloping at Saratoga, the place he’ll quickly be again at the paintings tab.
What’s subsequent at the agenda stays undetermined. However two begins from now, connections envision themselves with a possibility at Saratoga’s Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1).
“We and Todd are of the opinion that the farther the easier,” stated Rick Sacco, racing supervisor for the Pink Oak Strong homebred. “The mile and 1 / 4 goes to be in his wheelhouse.”
Sacco stated both Monmouth Park’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on July 20 or Saratoga’s $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) on July 27 are choices for King for a Day’s subsequent get started, and “we’ll play it through ear” in opting for a goal. Each races run at 1 1/eight miles.
“I’m going to move up over the weekend and spot the pony breeze a very easy — no matter Todd desires to do, almost certainly a part,” Sacco stated. “Whether or not the pony runs within the Haskell or the Jim Dandy, we simply don’t know but.”
King for a Day registered a 102 Beyer Pace Determine whilst pressuring and in the end passing Most Safety, the Florida Derby (G1) winner controversially disqualified from a Kentucky Derby victory, in Monmouth’s Pegasus.
The Uncle Mo colt additionally owns a race over the monitor at Saratoga, the place he debuted final September, completing 3rd at the back of eventual graded stakes winners Complexity and Harvey Wallbanger.
“He skilled neatly there and truly preferred the monitor,” Sacco stated. “We simply had an unlucky state of affairs the place a horse clipped heels in entrance of him in his first get started.”
King for a Day broke his maiden 2nd out, then ran fourth in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Membership Stakes (G2), exiting the race with what Sacco referred to as “2-year-old problems.” Given time without work, more or less six months later he got here off the bench to win Pimlico’s Sir Barton Stakes. Subsequent time, King for a Day will pass 3rd off the bench.
Pletcher has different colts into account for Saratoga’s collection of 3-year-old races, with By-product (6th) and Intrepid Middle (8th) each exiting the Belmont Stakes. Both may additionally run an afternoon ahead of the Jim Dandy within the $100,000 Curlin Stakes, which additionally measures 9 furlongs however carries a fragment of the handbag cash.
King for a Day’s emergence continues a welcome development for the Pink Oak workforce led through Stephen Brunetti, son of the overdue John Brunetti. 5 years in the past, the workforce despatched a broodmare band to Kentucky, the place the adventure starts ahead of horses are despatched to Florida.
“We get them to be 5, six months previous, and so they’d wean, pass all the way down to Pink Oak Farm,” Sacco stated. “So the horses are a manufactured from our program — our feed program, our breeding program, our coaching program.”
Along with King for a Day, this crop of Pink Oak 3-year-olds comprises the Grade 1 winner Thoughts Regulate and Bal Bay Force, who broke his maiden through 6 1/four lengths previous at the Pegasus Stakes card at Monmouth Park. A son of First Samurai, Bal Bay Force may make his stakes debut July 14 in Laurel Park’s $100,000 Worry Stakes going seven furlongs.
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