SARATOGA SPRINGS — There have been some critical faces at Brad Cox’s barn on the Oklahoma Coaching Monitor facet of Saratoga Race Course on Saturday morning, as Important High quality was being tacked up for his first critical work right here.
These expressions modified to happy after a half-mile breeze in 50.44 on the primary observe underneath train rider Jose Gallego, not precisely an eye-popping quantity, however consultant of what the Cox barn was on the lookout for as the highest 3-year-old male within the nation prepares for the largest two races in his division on the Spa.
Important High quality, the 2020 2-year-old male champion whose solely profession loss is a detailed fourth to Medina Spirit within the Kentucky Derby, will shoot for the July 31 Jim Dandy and the Aug. 28 Travers.
“It was his first work over the observe, so we weren’t seeking to do an entire lot,” Cox mentioned. “By himself, he’s fairly straightforward on himself. He received’t overdo it, so it was strong sufficient.
“It was just about a carbon copy of his work post-Belmont, at Churchill, and that one was solo, as nicely. We’ll put him in some firm subsequent week, do some extra with him to begin getting him sharpened up.”
Important High quality received the Belmont Stakes in a fierce stretch duel with Scorching Rod Charlie in his final begin, on June 6.
Cox mentioned the grey colt recovered nicely from the Belmont and is wanting ahead to working within the Jim Dandy as an alternative of skipping it to coach as much as the Travers.
“He bounces again actually fast,” Cox mentioned. “I believe that’s one of many extra exceptional issues about him and a few of the different higher horses I’ve. They simply recuperate so quick.
“You have got a 3-year-old going a mile and a half, in a stretch duel on a demanding observe … and we needed to van him down, it wasn’t like he jumped on a aircraft. He needed to undergo lots, and a pair weeks after, he’s like, increase, he’s proper again at it. I imply, he’s fairly strong. That’s what good horses do. He’s a strong animal.”
Important High quality, who clinched the 2020 Eclipse Award by profitable the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by three-quarters of a size over Scorching Rod Charlie, arrived in Saratoga from Kentucky on Tuesday and had just a few straightforward gallops over the primary observe earlier than Saturday’s extra aggressive breeze.
“We’re getting ready for the Jim Dandy,” Cox mentioned. “With the timing and every part, it could be helpful for him to have a race over the observe main as much as clearly our predominant aim, which goes to be the Travers.”
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