Shadwell Stable's undefeated Malathaat (Curlin), last seen winning the GI Kentucky Oaks Apr. 30, turned in a four-furlong work in :49.96 (22/36) over the dirt training track at Belmont Park Sunday ahead of an expected tilt at the July 24 GI Coaching Club American Oaks.
“She went great. I'm really pleased with the way she's doing,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “She worked well with a big, strong gallop out. We'll probably have one breeze at Saratoga and she'll be ready to go.”
Also working from the Pletcher barn was WinStar Farm's Country Grammer (Tonalist), last-out winner of the GI Hollywood Gold Cup, who breezed a half-mile in :49.22 (27/98) in company with GIII Peter Pan S. winner Promise Keeper (Constitution) on the dirt training track Sunday.
Country Grammer is working towards a start in the Aug. 7 GI Whitney S., which offers a “Win and You're In” berth to the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.
“He's an honest workhorse, but the more we're around him it seems he's really good at just clicking off those :12s,” said Pletcher. “We'll put a couple more good works into him and have him ready for the Whitney.”
Pletcher said Woodford Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm and Rock Ridge Racing's Promise Keeper, most recently fourth in the June 26 GIII Ohio Derby, will target either the July 31 GII Jim Dandy S. or the Aug. 7 GIII West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer.