Pletcher’s Suburban and Dwyer hopefuls post works
Coach Inge could make it two in a row in the Suburban (NYRA/Dave Alcosser/Adam Coglianese Photography) Expected $500,000 Suburban H. (G2) entrants Coach Inge (Big Brown) and Mylute (Midnight Lute) worked in respective company with $500,000 Dwyer S. (G3) hopefuls Tommy Macho (Macho Uno) and Blofeld (Quality Road) Saturday morning at Belmont Park, ahead of their July 4 Stars & Stripes Day assignments for the Todd Pletcher barn.
Brooklyn Invitational (G2) winner Coach Inge turned in an easy maintenance move over the fast training track with Tommy Macho. The duo breezed four furlongs in :50 4/5, ranking 61st of 84 at the distance.
“We’re only doing some maintenance work with (Coach Inge) since he’s coming out of a mile-and-a-half race,” Pletcher explained. “He seems to have come out of that well and he looks good. I wouldn’t think he’d have any issues with (the 1 1/4-mile Suburban) since he seems to like those types of distances. He has tactical speed and it should suit him.”
Tommy Macho, meanwhile, will be making his stakes debut in the Dwyer after posting back-to-back victories at Big Sandy, most recently with a 3 1/4-length allowance score on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6. According to Pletcher, Irad Ortiz Jr. will pick up the mount on Coach Inge and Tommy Macho will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Classic-placed Mylute and Blofeld breezed five furlongs over the training track, covering the distance in a bullet-earning 1:01 3/5.
Undefeated in three starts as a juvenile, including Grade 2 scores in Belmont’s Futurity S. and the Nashua S. at Aqueduct, Blofeld finished third in his three-year-old debut in the William Walker S. at Churchill Downs on April 25. Hall of Famer John Velazquez has been aboard the Kentucky-bred grey in all four of his lifetime starts and retains the mount in the Dwyer.
Mylute, seen here readying for his third-place effort in the 2013 Preakness, will be making just his second start for Pletcher in the Suburban (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos) Like his younger workmate, the five-year-old Mylute will be making only his second start this season after recording a 2 1/4-length victory in a one-mile allowance/optional claimer over the local track on May 29.
“Mylute’s continued to train well since his allowance comeback,” Pletcher said, noting that Javier Castellano will be named to ride the gray horse. “I thought he ran well that day and he’s put in some good breezes since then as well.”
Itsonlyactingdad (Giant’s Causeway) worked over the firm Oklahoma turf course at her Saratoga base on Friday, covering a dogs-up half-mile in :48 4/5. The sophomore miss is likely headed to the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), according to Pletcher, although the plans are still being finalized.
“We thought she ran pretty well (when fourth while making her stakes debut) in the Wonder Again considering it was a paceless race and she was pretty far back,” the trainer remarked. “She had the fastest final quarter-mile (in the field), she just had too much ground to make up.
“(The Belmont Oaks is) definitely an ambitious spot, but there are few opportunities for three-year-old fillies to run for a $1 million, so we thought we’d give it a try.”
Others probable for the Dwyer include Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex), who worked a half-mile in :48 on Saturday over Santa Anita Park’s fast dirt and will be making his first start since being sidelined following his February 1 San Vicente S. (G2) second, and stakes debuter Smart Transition (Smart Strike).
March (Blame), victor of the Woody Stephens S. (G2) and Bay Shore S. (G3) in his past two, is also possible to join the field. The Chad Brown trainee covered five-eighths over Belmont’s fast dirt on Saturday in 1:00 3/5.