White Abarrio Works Towards Pegasus


White Abarrio | Coglianese

C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable LLC's White Abarrio (Race Day) tuned up for his expected next start in the Jan. 28 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. with a five-furlong move over the Gulfstream Park main track Friday morning that was timed in :59.24.

“It was a good solid work. Tyler [Gaffalione] was on him this morning. He was in good order, finished well,” said trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. “He had a good gallop-out. We're pleased with where we're at. Things have gone well so far. We need another good 15 days.

“I think right now, coming into this race, he's as good as ever,” the Barbadian conditioner added. “He's coming off his best race number-wise. That was the fastest he ever ran, even faster than his wins. So, he's coming off his fastest race; he's had good spacing and runs well fresh; and he's coming back to the track he's 4-for-4 on. I think everything is aligning properly.”

Narrowly beaten into third when last seen in the GI Cigar Mile H. at Aqueduct in early December, the 4-year-old is one of three from his barn on the Pegasus invitation list. He is joined by recent GIII Harlan's Holiday S. hero Skippylongstocking (Exaggerator) and O'Connor (Chi) (Boboman). Both are scheduled to work Saturday.

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