Atop the Saratoga leader board with 17 wins heading into Wednesday’s card, trainer Chad Brown remained focused on capturing his second consecutive meet title while beginning to finalize plans for his stakes contenders heading into Travers week.
Klaravich Stables’ and William Lawrence’s multiple graded stakes winner Practical Joke, who last out ran a respectable third in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 29, remained likely to return to one turn as scheduled for the Grade 1, $ 500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, formerly the King’s Bishop, on Travers Day, August 26.
Beginning the year on the Triple Crown trail, the son of Into Mischief picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on March 4 and the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 8. After finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby, he was cut back to a one-turn mile at Belmont Park in the Grade 3 Dwyer on June 8, which he closed strong to win by two lengths.
Graded stakes winner Timeline, who finished fifth in the Haskell, and stablemate and Preakness winner Cloud Computing, who ran fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 29, are likely to work again sometime this week, dependent on weather.
“I’m not sure of where either of them will go yet [Timeline and Cloud Computing],” Brown said. “They’ll both breeze here this week and hopefully it’ll bring us closer to a decision. Practical Joke still remains on target for the Jerkens.”
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