Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Virginia-bred Florida Derby winner Quality Road (from just down the road from T.A.H. World Headquarters) put in his final breeze for Saturday's $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes Gr.I, working five furlongs over Saratoga's muddy main track in :59.68.

The work was the fastest of 24 at the distance.

It thought he went well," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We were shooting for a minute-one and we were pretty close to that. It looked like he galloped out well."

Quality Road was scheduled to work on Sunday, but Pletcher opted to wait until yesterday because of the wet track conditions.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird continues to recover from minor surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. Monday, Dr. James Hunt scoped the 3-year-old gelding, and there was no inflammation, according to trainer Chip Woolley Jr. "It looks really, really good," the trainer said. "Dr. Hunt was very pleased, he said 'Roll on.'" Mine That Bird galloped two miles yesterday and will put in his final workout for Saturday's Travers Stakes this morning.

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird is also pointing to the Travers. He worked a half-mile on Friday in :50 seconds flat.

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra has opted out of the Travers to run against older horses on September 5 in Saratoga's Woodward Stakes.

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