The 30k maiden claimer at Delaware on June 6th oversubscribed and Brave Monarch did not draw in. We have a few different backup plans. There is a 25k maiden claimer going 1 ¼ miles on the turf on June 10th at Belmont and also a 25k maiden claimer going 1 ⅛ miles on the turf on June 17th at Monmouth. Graham is going to look around the region for any other spots, but these two races are on the radar. We’ll run where we can get in.
The Defense Rests worked three furlongs in 38:45 (8 of 10) this morning at Belmont. Mike reports that he moved well, and most importantly came back sound. Since he missed some time with the foot bruise, he will need about three more works to be race ready. Like we’ve mentioned before, we’ll likely look for a 50k maiden claiming spot to give him every chance to be successful first time back off the layoff.
Phosphorescent worked four furlongs in 50:41 (6 of 8) on Sunday at Parx. He’s never been a super fast work horse, and Lupe knows this, so he was just looking for a steady effort with a good gallop out, and he got just that. After a couple more works, we’ll start shopping for an allowance race going short on the turf for his return.
Mr. Fantasy is still a bit sore from grabbing a front quarter, which has prevented him from working. He is still favoring the leg a little bit, so Mike has kept him in light training for the past week. They are treating the grab, and expect him to return to the worktab on Sunday or Monday
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