08/15/2010 11:45AM

Devil May Care gets final work for Alabama

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Barbara D. Livingston
Devil May Care gets a bath after working four furlongs in 48.34 seconds Sunday at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Devil May Care, the East Coast’s leading 3-year-old filly, finished her preparations for her showdown with the West Coast’s Blind Luck in next Saturday’s Grade 1 Alabama by working four furlongs in 48.34 seconds Sunday morning over Saratoga’s main track.

Working in company with the Grade 3-winning colt Colizeo, Devil May Care, went in fractions of 12.80 seconds, a half-mile in 24.65, and came home in 23.69.

“I thought she worked really, really well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She was full of run throughout. She looks like she’s doing as well as she’s ever done, training great; just trying to keep her the way she is.”

Devil May Care comes into the Alabama off of wins in the Mother Goose at Belmont in June and the Coaching Club American Oaks here in July. Both Grade 1 wins came following Devil May Care’s 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Devil May Care also won her career debut over Saratoga’s main track.

Pletcher said he is looking forward to the Devil May Care-Blind Luck matchup in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama.

“A mile and a quarter suits our filly very well,” Pletcher said. “She obviously likes this track; she’s 2 for 2 here, she’s always trained well on it. I have a lot of respect for Blind Luck, she’s a top-class filly and she’s relentless. You’re always worried when you run against someone like that, but we’re very, very pleased with our filly, and it’s the kind of matchup we’re looking forward to.”

Life At Ten works for Personal Ensign

Life At Ten, who is pointing to a meeting with Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign here Aug. 29, worked five furlongs in 1:01.83 in company with the filly Awesome Maria. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.35 and pulled up seven furlongs in 1:30.29.

That move came five days after Life At Ten worked a slow five furlongs over a muddy track on Tuesday. Pletcher moved Life At Ten’s work up to Sunday from Monday to avoid the potential of another wet track.

“She’s fit, that’s what we expected her to do in company,” Pletcher said.

Discreetly Mine, the dominant winner of the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes, worked four furlongs in 51.93 seconds, getting his last quarter in 24.93. Discreetly Mine is pointing to the Grade 1 King’s Bishop on Aug. 28.