(Scotland / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
LNJ Foxwood’s Kentucky homebred Scotland logged his final breeze Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, posting a bullet half-mile in 47.60 seconds over Saratoga’s Oklahoma dirt training track for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The son of Good Magic completed his exercise solo under Mott’s longtime assistant Neil Poznansky.
“It was a good, useful work. He galloped out well and seemed to have good energy and to be moving well. It was fast enough,” said Mott, with a laugh. “I think we’re fit enough.”
Scotland arrives at the Travers from a successful two-turn debut in the nine-furlong Curlin on July 21 at the Spa where he coasted home a 3 1/4-length winner in frontrunning fashion. The talented colt is 3-for-4 lifetime, including wins in a seven-furlong maiden on debut in March at Gulfstream Park and a one-turn mile allowance in June at Churchill Downs.
Mott also sent out Eclipse Award Champions Elite Power and Channel Maker to work a half-mile in company over the Oklahoma Sunday, the former covering the distance in 49.55 while the latter completed his exercise in 49.75. Both horses are being pointed to Grade 1 events on Saturday’s Travers undercard with Elite Power targeting the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego and Channel Maker eyeing the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer.
“They both looked good and it was normal for them,” said Mott.
Juddmonte’s Elite Power, the reigning Champion Male Sprinter, enters the Forego from a gutsy head score over Gunite in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on July 29 at the Spa and vies for his ninth consecutive victory.
Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R.A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s evergreen 9-year-old Channel Maker, the 2020 Champion Turf Male, returned triumphantly to the winner’s circle with a frontrunning two-length score in the Grade 2 Bowling Green on July 30. He will contest the Sword Dancer for a sixth time in his career and looks for his second victory in that event after taking the 2020 edition.
On Friday, Mott sent out Godolphin’s Kentucky homebred Hunt Ball to finish second in his career debut behind runaway winner Risk It. The son of Into Mischief is a half-brother to the Mott-trained Cody’s Wish, a four-time Grade 1-victor and the defending Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner.
Mott said the effort was educational for Hunt Ball, who split rivals from off the pace at the top of the lane and ran on well to be defeated 4 1/2 lengths in the six-furlong maiden tilt.
“We’ll probably stretch him out a little bit and we found out he’s pretty game,” said Mott. “He was willing to run through horses and he didn’t seem intimidated by it.”
Randomized earns 98 BSF in G1 Alabama presented by Keeneland Sales; G2 Lake Placid one-two finishers Aspray, Surge Capacity to G1 QEII Challenge Cup
Four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown expressed pride in the performance displayed by Klaravich Stables’ Randomized in Saturday’s Grade 1 Alabama presented by Keeneland Sales at Saratoga Race Course, where she proved 10-furlong capabilities in gate-to-wire fashion.
“It was a big question mark going a mile and a quarter, I wasn’t sure,” Brown said. “But I’m so impressed that she was able to set strong fractions and kick on to get the distance. I was really blown away by the performance. My team did a good job in developing her. She ran her eyeballs out, so she’s getting some well-deserved rest right now.”
Randomized, by Nyquist, earned a career-high 98 Beyer Speed Figure from the four-length triumph over Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks winner Wet Paint. She set the tempo under jockey Joel Rosario with Grade 1 Ashland victress Defining Purpose keeping close company to her outside in second. In the stretch drive, Randomized shook loose from the hard-trying Wet Paint and Defining Purpose and crossed the wire under a hand ride.
The win was the second straight for Randomized, who captured the restricted Wilton on July 14 at Saratoga following a distant sixth in the Grade 1 Acorn presented by Great Jones Distilling Co. on June 9 at Belmont Park. She also provided Brown and Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables with a sixth collaborative stakes victory this meet. In addition to Randomized’s pair of conquests, Brown and Klarman teamed up to win with Program Trading [Grade 1 Saratoga Derby Invitational], Technical Analysis [De Le Rose], McKulick [Grade 2 Glens Falls] and Surge Capacity [Grade 3 Lake George].
Brown said the Grade 1 Cotillion on September 23 at Parx Racing or the Grade 1 Spinster on October 8 at Keeneland against older fillies and mares are both under consideration.
“Everything is in play, it depends on how much recovery time she needs and how she’s doing,” Brown said. “I’m going to enjoy this, but I have no plans yet.”
Bred in Kentucky by Cove Springs, Randomized is out of the unraced Elusive Quality mare French Passport – a half-sister to graded stakes-winning millionaire Smooth Air and Grade 2 winner Overdriven. She was a $420,000 purchase at the Keeneland September yearling Sale and is a direct descendant of Reine de Course mare Bold Irish.
Two races prior, Brown visited the winner’s circle with Ran Jan Racing’s Kentucky homebred Aspray, who captured the Grade 2 Lake Placid after finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Fasig-Tipton Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 8.
The sophomore daughter of Quality Road earned a career-high 92 Beyer for the two-length triumph over stablemate Surge Capacity, where she stalked the pace from fourth under Flavien Prat before taking command inside the three-sixteenths pole to score her second stakes victory. Aspray won the one-mile Hilltop two starts back on May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
Brown said both Aspray and Surge Capacity will target the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 14 at Keeneland.
“I’m going to train her right up to the QEII, and I’ll do the same thing with Surge Capacity,” said Brown.
Brown sent out a handful of his stable stars to the Oklahoma training turf on Sunday, including Juddmonte’s homebred Whitebeam, who clocked a half-mile in 49 seconds flat in her third work since winning the Grade 1 Diana on July 15. Also on the work tab for Brown was Peter Brant’s 2022 Diana winner In Italian, who worked a half-mile in 49.55 seconds.
Brown previously considered running Whitebeam in Thursday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Mohegan Sun Ballston Spa, but will train the daughter of Caravaggio up to the Grade 1 First Lady on October 7 at Keeneland.
“I decided to wait with her. Both her and In Italian will train right up to the First Lady,” Brown said.
Stone Age worked five furlongs in 1:01.85 over the Oklahoma training turf in preparation for the Grade 1, $750,000 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer on August 26 at Saratoga – a “Win And You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf in November at Santa Anita.
The Irish-bred son of Galileo will make his debut for Brown in the Sword Dancer after being campaigned overseas by Aidan O’Brien. He made the trek across the pond three times last year, finishing a respective third and fifth in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational and Grade 1 Saratoga Derby Invitational. Following a pair of fifth-place efforts at Group 1 level, he came back to North America to finish second behind Rebel’s Romance in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland.
“Steady work tab,” Brown said of Stone Age. “He worked well this morning and I’m planning on entering in the Sword Dancer.”