“Everbody seemed to be in good order this morning,” said Pletcher. “[Seabhac] Had a tough trip in the [Grade 3] With Anticipation, he just got stopped at a critical time around the quarter-pole and lost position. He re-rallied to run well and we feel like the addition of blinkers yesterday made that little bit of a difference he needed. I thought Maraud ran well for only his second start. It was a really good effort. Johnny [Velazquez] felt like the ground slipped away from him a little bit in the late stretch but it was a good effort.”
Mr. Crow, who entered the Grade 1 Vosburgh in just his fourth start and following an allowance win on August 30, also exited his race in good order although his sixth-place finish left Pletcher puzzled.
“I’m a little perplexed with his performance,” said Pletcher. “He didn’t break great, but got into the position we wanted him to be, which is stalking behind the two main speed and then he just seemed to flatten out down the lane. He’s come back well though and we’ll regroup.”
Looking towards next week, Pletcher reported that Hazit exited his workout yesterday in good order and remained on target for Saturday’s Champagne while Grateful, who was nominated to the Grade 1 Flower Bowl, would now be under consideration for the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland on October 4 or the Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island on November 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Source: NYRA Communications