Calumet Farm's True Timber (Mineshaft) impressed trainer Jack Sisterson Saturday morning with a swift five-furlong breeze in preparation for a third start in the Jan. 23 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Working in company with multiple-stakes winner American Tattoo (Arg) (Not For Sale), True Timber covered five furlongs in 1:00.20 under exercise rider Mark O'Dwyer at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
“He worked great this morning,” said Sisterson. “It was probably one of the better breezes he's done with us. He went in company with another older horse, American Tattoo, and Mark sort of tapped his hip and he came home in :11 [seconds] and galloped out very strong. I was quite surprised the way he went. Usually, he's rather workmanlike and…slow, but he was extremely fast this morning.”
The 7-year-old, who captured the Dec. 5 GI Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. had previously turned in two half-mile workouts in :53.45 [Dec. 18] and :51 [Dec. 24], respectively.
“He's seven years old and he knows exactly what his job is. We just train him the way he wants to be trained and keep him happy,” said Sisterson, who took over the training of True Timber following the retirement of Kiaran McLaughlin toward the middle of 2020. “He seems to be turning the corner for us.”
In his two previous starts in the Pegasus, True Timber finished seventh in 2019 and eighth last year.
Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Jesus' Team (Tapiture) breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 at Palm Meadows Saturday morning in preparation for a planned start in the Pegasus World Cup. Regular exercise rider Simon Rodriguez was aboard for the workout.
“The hard work was last week. He did it in the way I want [Saturday],” said trainer Jose D'Angelo of Jesus's Team, who produced a five-furlong bullet workout Jan. 2. “I wanted an easy work. I think he's ready. He'll just have one more four-furlong work to main his condition.”
The 4-year-old, who broke his maiden for a $32,000 claiming price at Gulfstream last March, has been stakes-placed in his last five starts, including a third-place finish in the Oct. 3 GI Preakness S. and a second-place finish in the Nov. 7 GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland. The colt most recently captured the Dec. 2 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream.
“It's very exciting. It is the most important race of our calendar in South Florida at Gulfstream Park,” D'Angelo said. “I think it's a big test for both me and Jesus.”
Victoria's Ranch's King Guillermo (Uncle Mo) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.93 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park for a possible start in the Pegasus World Cup. Winner of the 2020 GII Tampa Bay Derby, he finished fourth behind True Timber in the Cigar Mile while coming off a seven-month layoff.