Submitted by Gasper Moschera on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Transparent breezes for Travers
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Transparent, who finished first but was disqualified to fifth in the Curlin Stakes on July 26, worked four furlongs in 48.87 seconds Thursday in preparation for the Travers Stakes here Aug. 24.
He went his first quarter in 24.06 and his second quarter in 24.81 while switching leads nearing the wire a time or two.
“He was trying to move him off the rail a little bit,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “But it was nice to have the work.”
McLaughlin moved the work up a day to avoid the potential of a wet track Friday due to expected rain.
McLaughlin said that despite the disqualification in the Curlin Stakes, he felt Transparent got a lot out of the race.
“I think we ran great, and it was a true prep for us; I didn’t worry about the DQ,” McLaughlin said. “It didn’t hurt anybody but the Team McLaughlin money.”
McLaughlin was referring to the fact that Romansh, the horse who got placed first in the Curlin, was owned by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum and was a son of Bernardini, just like Transparent.
Also, McLaughlin said Consortium, the horse who collapsed after crossing the wire in an allowance race here Sunday, has been retired.
McLaughlin said the horse is sound but suffered from a breathing problem. He said Consortium was shipped to Lexington, Ky., on Thursday. The horse retires with a record of 2-2-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $129,670.
Englehart seeks first Spa win
Jeremiah Englehart has never won a race at Saratoga, going 0 for 50 here since 2003. His next starter comes Saturday, when he sends out King Kreesa against reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap.
“I keep telling myself, ‘Maybe this is how it’s supposed to work out,’ ” Englehart said.
Last year, King Kreesa finished second in a division of the New York Stallion Stakes and fourth in the Saranac. Englehart also saddled Tamarind Hall to a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Ballerina.
Englehart said he is going to approach Saturday a little differently than when he’s run horses in stakes races in the past.
“When I ran Tamarind Hall up here in the Ballerina and when I ran her in the Breeders’ Cup, I never really enjoyed the day front-side,” Englehart said. “This time, I got a lot of family and friends coming up, so I’m just going to enjoy the day.
“No matter how the race works out, we’ve done everything right as far as preparations, so I’m just going to try and enjoy myself,” Englehart added. “Before, I’d kind of stay back at the barn and kind of stay away from everybody.”