Hofburg (Tapit), seventh with trouble in the GI Kentucky Derby, put in a “good work” at Saratoga Friday morning as he prepares for the GI Belmont S., Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. Hofburg, second in the GI Florida Derby, breezed six furlongs over the Oklahoma training track, officially going in 1:13.43.
“I thought it was a very good work on the training track,” Mott said. “The best part about it was he looked like he was moving very well. We went six furlongs with him and from the half-mile pole, he was: 48 1/5; 1:00 3/5; 1:13 3/5; galloped out good and came home in good order. It looked like he took a couple of deep breaths and caught his breath in a hurry.”
Mott added, “We have a lot of respect for Justify (Scat Daddy), but on the same token, we don't want to hand him the Belmont on a silver platter. If he wins it, we're going to make him work for it.”