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Cody’s Want, Different Mott Trainees Work at Saratoga


Godolphin’s Kentucky homebred Cody’s Want  labored five-eighths solo in 1:02.81 July 23 over the Oklahoma dust coaching observe in preparation for the nine-furlong $1 million Whitney Stakes (G1) Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the 5-year-old Curlin bay was piloted by means of his breeze by assistant coach Neil Poznansky, who guided the reigning Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile (G1) winner by means of splits of :26 2/5 and :38 2/5 earlier than galloping out in 1:15 1/5, 1:27 1/5, and 1:41 3/5.

“He simply let him off the bridle and he picked it proper up,” stated Mott

Cody’s Want, a nine-time winner from 13 begins, heads into the Whitney on a six-race win streak led by scores within the Forego (G1) in August at Saratoga, the Filth Mile in November at Keeneland, the Churchill Downs (G1) in May and the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park. He will look to secure his first win beyond one mile, while making his first start at nine furlongs since a third-place finish in a maiden tilt at Saratoga in July 2021.

Juddmonte’s reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner and champion male sprinter Elite Power  worked a half mile solo in :51 1/5 Sunday over the Oklahoma training track in preparation for the six-furlong $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) July 29 at the Spa.

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The 5-year-old Curlin horse has won seven straight starts dating to a nine-length maiden romp last June at Churchill en route to graded scores in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November at Keeneland, the Riyadh Dirt Sprint (G3) in February at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Saudi Arabia, and the True North (G2) last out June 10 at Belmont.

Elite Power was clocked an easy opening split of :24 and change by NYRA clockers Sunday in a breeze that Mott indicated was similar to the chestnut’s half-mile work in :51 1/5 Oct. 28 over the Oklahoma ahead of his Breeders’ Cup coup.

“That’s him by himself,” Mott said. “He’s run well off of those kind of works right before his races. He did that in Saudi. He was working 51 before he won the Breeders’ Cup. He wouldn’t wow anyone when he’s working by himself.”

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations’ Kentucky homebred Frank’s Rockette  will exit post 2 under Junior Alvarado in the July 26 $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2), a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.

The 6-year-old Into Mischief bay completed second to Kimari on this occasion final yr—one in every of three runner-up efforts in graded stakes on the Spa for Frank’s Rockette to go together with a win within the 2020 Prioress (G2).

Frank’s Rockette is an ideal 2-for-2 this season, taking the Hurricane Bertie (G3) in March at Gulfstream Park and the Roxelana in April at Churchill Downs in which she bested multiple graded stakes-placed Last Leaf  with graded-stakes winner Pretty Birdie  in third.

“She always runs pretty good fresh,” Mott said. “We’ve skipped a race or two we could have run in if we were that anxious to run. She ran well in this race and ran well over this track before.”

The compact four-horse Honorable Miss field includes the 2021 champion 2-year-old filly Echo Zulu , who is undefeated in two starts at the Spa; and graded stakes-winners Maryquitecontrary , and Dr B

LNJ Foxwoods’ Kentucky homebred Scotland earned a career-best 107 ESF for his 3 1/4-length score in the restricted Curlin July 21 at the Spa, taking both his stakes and two-turn debut in style.

Mott said the 10-furlong $1.25 million Travers (G1) Aug. 26 is the likely target for Scotland.

“He came back good. We’ll talk to the connections, but I’d love to think about the Travers,” Mott said.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.


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