Elite Power went three-eighths in 36.02 on Saturday, June 24 in his first breeze since his 1 3/4-length score in the GII True North S. on Belmont Stakes Day. The 5-year-old chestnut is targeting Saratoga's GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. on July 29.
“He worked fine. We'll run in the Vanderbilt,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.
Mott indicated that Elite Power's main year-end goal is likely a title defense in the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Also a 5-year-old, Cody's Wish covered a half-mile in 48.48 seconds on Monday, June 26 in his first breeze back since winning the GI Metropolitan H. on June 10 at Belmont Park.
“It was a nice breeze, very smooth,” Mott said.
Winner in 9-of-13 starts, Cody's Wish remains under consideration for Saratoga's GI Whitney H. on Aug. 5 that offers a “Win and You're In” berth to the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.
“That's possible,” Mott said of the Whitney. “It's [nine furlongs] always a question. He's won his Breeders' Cup going a two turn-mile, but he's not won at a mile and an eighth. You never know until they do it.”