The Defense Rests worked four furlongs in 48:46 (4 of 22) on Thursday at Belmont. He followed that with a four furlong breeze in 48:81 (12 of 43) this morning. Mike caught him a few ticks faster.
Mike said he got a bit tired, but that is to be expected with the gaps in his training due to his feet issues and with it being only his second official half mile breeze since returning to New York. This can be looked at as a positive; we’d rather him get tired in his workouts and gain fitness from them than go out there and not break a sweat, and then be unprepared on raceday. Mike thought he finished up stronger in today’s breeze saying, “He’s a big, muscular horse. Those type take longer to get fit than smaller, more compact horses. He’s got ability, and his fitness level is increasing. We are about a month away from running.”