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It was a busy Saturday morning on the Belmont Park dirt training track with 283 horses on the work tab including Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Nehoc Stables’ Pat On the Back.
Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, Pat On the Back, who won the Grade 2 Kelso in September at Belmont Park, breezed a half-mile in 49.14. The now 6-year-old son of Congrats, bred in New York by Sugar Maple Farm, was off-the-board last out in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on December 7 at Aqueduct.
Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control worked a half-mile in 49.22. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the dual Grade 1-winner on the NYRA circuit captured the Hopeful as a juvenile and the H. Allen Jerkens in August, both at Saratoga. Last out, the multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire rallied to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Repole Stable’s Dream Bigger, a grey son of Mission Impazible bred in the Empire State by Sequel New York, Twin Creeks Racing and Pamela Zielinski, worked a half-mile in 52.30.
The talented grey boasts a record of 7-3-3-1. His trio of stakes wins includes scores in the Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes and the Notebook and Damon Runyon at Aqueduct Racetrack.
E.V. Racing Stable’s Water White covered four furlongs in 49.61. She captured the Busher Invitational last out for Rodriguez when collaring Kansas Kis in the final stride for a nose win. Bred in Kentucky by Richard Forbush, the Conveyance grey graduated in November at Aqueduct before a trio of stakes efforts when fifth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and second in the Busanda ahead of the Busher effort.
SJB Racing Stable and Marcello Micozzi’s Skyler’s Scramjet, trained by Michelle Nevin, breezed five furlongs in 1:04.94. The Creative Cause gray won the 2018 renewal of the Grade 3 Tom Fool.
John C. Oxley and Gainesway Stable’s Explorationist zipped a half-mile in 47.75. The Pioneerof The Nile bay, trained by Mark Casse, won the Tom Ridge at Presque Isle in May.
New York-bred Amundson, trained by Horacio DePaz for Barry K. Schwartz, breezed three-eighths in 39.17 on Saturday. The 4-year-old Curlin bay, bred by Stonewall Farm, has won four-of-eight career starts including a last-out score in the Hollie Hughes on February 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
American Anthem, trained by Danny Gargan for Don Tiger, worked a half-mile in 50.07 on Saturday. The multiple graded-stakes winner captured the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont in 2017. Most recently, the Bodemeister bay was second in the Stymie on March 7 at the Big A.
Cofactor worked a half-mile in 50.74 for trainer Kelly Breen. The grey daughter of The Factor won the Warrior’s Reward Smart Halo in November at Laurel Park and was expected to be among the favorites in the Cicada originally slated for March 21 at the Big A.
The Breen-trained Three to Thirteen shared the bullet breeze of 47.61, co-fastest of 160 works at the half-mile distance, with unraced New York-bred River Nile.
NYRA Press Release