In his first breeze since taking Monmouth Park’s GI Betfair.com Haskell Invitational July 29, Good Magic (Curlin) sailed through four furlongs on Saturday in :48.09 over Saratoga’s main track. The champion 2-year-old colt and winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last term, Good Magic is pointing to Saratoga’s signature GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 25.
“He moved really well,” said trainer Chad Brown. “I thought it was an outstanding work. He looked super and I’m very happy with him.”
Prior to the Haskell, Good Magic won the GII Blue Grass S. and was runner-up to Triple Crown winner Justify in the GI Kentucky Derby before finishing fourth to that same rival in the GI Preakness S.
“We gave him a little breather following the Preakness,” added Brown, “He’s come back and really done well. He came out of the Haskell in great shape.”
Another Travers probable, King Zachary (Curlin), also breezed Saturday on the Spa’s main track. Going five furlongs in :59.34, the Dale Romans trainee is coming off a fourth-place finish in the GIII Indiana Derby on July 14. He previously won the GIII Matt Winn S. June 16.
“He was super,” said Romans. “We can officially be considered in. All signs are a go to the Travers.”