Pletcher’s Suburban and Dwyer hopefuls post works

Pletcher’s Suburban and Dwyer hopefuls post works

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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.

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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.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first move of the off-season, picking up the option on center Timofey Mozgov for the 2015-16 campaign.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first move of the off-season, picking up the option on center Timofey Mozgov for the 2015-16 campaign.

There are a number of decisions still to come, with many in the hands of the players. Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson are restricted free agents while LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love have player options.

Cavs general manager David Griffin already expressed his desire to keep him team in place, citing a 33-3 record when the Big Three and New Three were on the court together. However, Zach Lowe from Grantland seems to have his doubts when it comes to Love and Cleveland’s growing salary cap.

“If they bring everyone back at the expected rates, including LeBron and Love once they opt out, they will end up spending more than $200 million on payroll — the largest figure in league history.

That would include spending $56 million, almost the entire salary cap, on three guys — LeBron, Love, and Thompson — who need heavy minutes at power forward. Blowing by the tax removes almost every path toward signing an outside free agent, and vacuums up lots of gold from Dan Gilbert’s money bin.

Griffin has repeatedly said the Cavs plan to keep Love, but plugged-in executives around the league continue to predict the Cavs will sign-and-trade Love after advancing so far without him. That would unclutter the power forward spot, and if the Cavs can recoup rotation players and picks, they’d have to at least consider it.”

Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder during Cleveland’s first round closeout game against the Boston Celtics and watched as the Cavs ripped through the Eastern Conference, getting two wins from an NBA championship.

Then, of course, the Cavs also have a decision when it comes to Thompson, an easier call, according to Lowe.

“If I had to choose between Love and Thompson, I’d pick Love and work the sign-and-trade market for Thompson this summer — a path that may be closed off to Griffin, given that Thompson and LeBron have the same agent. And if Gilbert were willing to barf up all that money, then I’d keep both — even if the Love-LeBron fit has been awkward so far. If the Cavs choose Thompson over Love, they may end up regretting it, unless they can nab a killer bounty for Love. And Love opting into the final year of his contract might be the Cavs’ worst nightmare. It would hang over their entire season like a cloud, with each day increasing the possibility Love walks for nothing in return.”

Griffin referred to last year’s off-season as “monumental.” James returned, Kyrie Irving signed a maximum contract extension and the blockbuster trade for Love was finalized.

Given what’s ahead in the coming weeks, this summer could be just as important. The Love decision will be tough

NBA Executives reportedly believe Cleveland Cavaliers will sign-and-trade Kevin Love: Cavs and NBA links

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers made their first move of the off-season, picking up the option on center Timofey Mozgov for the 2015-16 campaign.

There are a number of decisions still to come, with many in the hands of the players. Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson are restricted free agents while LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love have player options.

Cavs general manager David Griffin already expressed his desire to keep him team in place, citing a 33-3 record when the Big Three and New Three were on the court together. However, Zach Lowe from Grantland seems to have his doubts when it comes to Love and Cleveland’s growing salary cap.

“If they bring everyone back at the expected rates, including LeBron and Love once they opt out, they will end up spending more than $200 million on payroll — the largest figure in league history.

That would include spending $56 million, almost the entire salary cap, on three guys — LeBron, Love, and Thompson — who need heavy minutes at power forward. Blowing by the tax removes almost every path toward signing an outside free agent, and vacuums up lots of gold from Dan Gilbert’s money bin.

Griffin has repeatedly said the Cavs plan to keep Love, but plugged-in executives around the league continue to predict the Cavs will sign-and-trade Love after advancing so far without him. That would unclutter the power forward spot, and if the Cavs can recoup rotation players and picks, they’d have to at least consider it.”

Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder during Cleveland’s first round closeout game against the Boston Celtics and watched as the Cavs ripped through the Eastern Conference, getting two wins from an NBA championship.

Then, of course, the Cavs also have a decision when it comes to Thompson, an easier call, according to Lowe.

“If I had to choose between Love and Thompson, I’d pick Love and work the sign-and-trade market for Thompson this summer — a path that may be closed off to Griffin, given that Thompson and LeBron have the same agent. And if Gilbert were willing to barf up all that money, then I’d keep both — even if the Love-LeBron fit has been awkward so far. If the Cavs choose Thompson over Love, they may end up regretting it, unless they can nab a killer bounty for Love. And Love opting into the final year of his contract might be the Cavs’ worst nightmare. It would hang over their entire season like a cloud, with each day increasing the possibility Love walks for nothing in return.”

Griffin referred to last year’s off-season as “monumental.” James returned, Kyrie Irving signed a maximum contract extension and the blockbuster trade for Love was finalized.

Given what’s ahead in the coming weeks, this summer could be just as important. The Love decision will be tough