The Defense Rests worked four furlongs in 51:02 (35 of 42) on Monday at Belmont. He worked well and most importantly came back well on his previously sore foot. We are moving forward. Mike expects us to see this colt in the starting gate in the first week of July. He needs 2-3 more works under his belt to be race ready after missing some time with his foot issue. Our ideal spot is a 50k maiden claiming race going short on the dirt.
Phosphorescent spiked a temperature earlier this week and has been coughing, which is why he did not appear on the worktab. Lupe and his team noticed that the normally very aggressive Phosphorescent was very quiet in his stall. The vet came out and prescribed antibiotics to help knock out the cough. This morning the fever is completely gone, but he is still coughing just a bit. This should be knocked out within the next few days, and then he’ll return to training.
Mr. Fantasy worked three furlongs in 37:22 (4 of 30) on Tuesday morning at Belmont. Mike said, “The work went well. He went nice and easy and most importantly it looks like we are over the foot issue. I’d like to get one more 3/8ths into him and then we’ll move into a series of half mile works.” If everything goes according to plan moving forward, we can expect to see Mr. Fantasy back in the starting gate this summer at Saratoga