After watching Uncle Mo breeze five furlongs Wednesday morning at Saratoga, trainer Todd Pletcher said last year's 2-year-old champion is "on target" to make the Grade 1, $250,000 King's Bishop here on Aug. 27.
Normally, a robbery in Manhattan isn't major news. The theft that took place in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park will certainly make headlines - at least in the racing world.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer spent more time in the air than on the ground Monday, but he felt his 6,000-mile, cross-country roundtrip was worth it after watching Chocolate Candy breeze seven furlongs in 1:27.34 at Belmont Park.
Ecclesiastic proved yet again that it's never wise to underestimate Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, as the 6-year-old horse rallied three wide turning for home and exploded through the stretch to a 2 3/4-length victory in the Jaipur Stakes.
Taking advantage of dry conditions and a fast track, trainer Tom Albertrani sent Preakness winner Bernardini out Thursday morning for a five-furlong workout that Belmont Park clockers timed in 1:02.27.
Following Zavata's 6 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on May 27, trainer Patrick Biancone was quoted as saying "at least until the end of August, he will be tough to beat."