Arcangelo Works Ahead of Travers

Arcangelo, with Javier Castellano aboard, work at Saratoga Wednesday | Sarah Andrew

Blue Rose Farm's Arcangelo (Arrogate) posted a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.63 over the Saratoga's main track under Javier Castellano in preparation for the Aug. 26 GI Travers S. Trainer Jena Antonucci said she was pleased with the GI Belmont S. winner's work, which served as a maintenance breeze after he covered the same distance in 1:00.21 on Aug. 6.

“It went super. It was everything we were looking for,” Antonucci said. “The big heavy lifting was in the prior work, so we'll just keep his feet on the ground for the next 10 days and keep him happy.”

In the Travers, the $30,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase will cut back from the Belmont's 12-furlong trip to 10 furlongs in the Travers.

“It's not often you can say you're on the cutback at a mile and a quarter,” said Antonucci, with a laugh. “He's flourished here this summer and continues to mature. We just take it one day at a time.”

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