Updated on 09/15/2011 12:45PM

Macho Uno Pennsylvania-bound

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Macho Uno

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Macho Uno, equipped with blinkers, worked five furlongs in 1:00.21 Sunday morning at Saratoga as he begins preparation for his next start, which will come in the $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park Sept. 3.

It was Macho Uno's first workout since finishing second in an allowance race here on opening day. In that race, Macho Uno, last year's 2-year-old champion, had to be saddled on the move in the paddock and acted up at the gate. In the race, he veered in and out during the stretch and got beat a nose by Wicked Will.

Since the race, Macho Uno has been galloping in blinkers and spent three days at the starting gate. Jerry Bailey, Macho Uno's regular rider, was aboard for the work.

By trainer Joe Orseno's watch, Macho Uno got his last eighth of a mile in 10.89 seconds.

"He went excellent," Orseno said. "Jerry's comment was if we can get an eighth of a mile like that we're okay anywhere. He's really very sound. We're really excited."

Orseno said he and owner Frank Stronach chose the Grade 3 Pennsylvania Derby over the Grade 1 King's Bishop, a seven-furlong race here on Aug. 26, because it was nine furlongs around two turns.

Orseno said the 10 furlongs of the Travers would be too far for Macho Uno at this point. Macho Uno has run only once since he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last November.

"I wish it was a mile and an eighth, then it would be tempting," Orseno said of the Travers. "We might go out there and win the race, but what would it do to him for the rest of the year? We didn't take our time bringing him back to knock him out. We're not going to rush him; we've got a good campaign for him."

Following the Pennsylvania Derby, Macho Uno could run in the Ohio Derby on Sept. 29 at Thistledown and then have four weeks to the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 27.

New shoes for Pleasant Breeze

Pleasant Breeze worked Monday over the training track for his next start in the $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap on Aug. 19.

With jockey Edgar Prado in the saddle, Pleasant Breeze breezed six furlongs in 1:15.27, and got his last quarter in 24 seconds, according to trainer Jim Bond. Bond said he took Pleasant Breeze out in the first set so he could beat the heat and humidity, which intensified as the morning progressed.

Pleasant Breeze finished seventh and last in the Whitney Handicap here earlier in the meet. Bond said the Pleasant Breeze's feet were stinging him that day and he has now equipped the gelding with different shoes.

"He has chronic foot [problems]," Bond said. "The Nikes weren't working, so we went to the Reeboks and hope they work."

Last year, Pleasant Breeze won the Saratoga Breeders' Cup by 2 3/4 lengths but returned to the winner's circle lame. He underwent surgery to remove ankle chips and came back to the races earlier this year but hasn't won a race in five starts since the Saratoga Breeders' Cup.

Acupuncture for Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle was treated by an acupuncturist Monday for soreness in his hind end, believed to be the result of a pulled muscle.

The injury necessitated the scratch of Windsor Castle from last Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy.

Trainer Frank Alexander said he believes Windsor Castle pulled a muscle when he acted up outside his barn the morning of the Jim Dandy. Alexander said Windsor Castle was startled by horses galloping around the Clare Court track, which encircles the barn Windsor Castle is stabled in.

"I'll know more [Tuesday] after the acupuncturist works on him," Alexander. "I hope it's just a pulled muscle."

Windsor Castle finished second to E Dubai in his last start in the Dwyer.

2-year-old fillies escape injury

First-time starters Cash Back and Escambia County, who were scratched from Sunday's fifth race after a gate mishap, were not seriously injured.

Cash Back flipped in the gate and, while scrambling to right herself, hit Escambia County, who was in the adjacent stall, with her hooves. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Escambia County suffered superficial cuts to her pastern.

Trainer John Terranova said Cash Back was a little banged up but was walking "pretty good" Monday.

"It's nothing major; she has scratches and is bruised up," Terranova said. "There doesn't appear to be any major damage."

A total of $702,511 was refunded on wagers made on Cash Back and Escambia County in the 2-year-old filly maiden race. Six fillies ran.

Secret Status breezes

Secret Status, who had to be scratched from the July 29 Go for Wand Handicap when she injured herself charging the starting gate door, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.06 Sunday morning over Saratoga's main track.

It was her first move since the incident, which required four stitches to close a cut above her right eye. Trainer Neil Howard was pleased with the workout and is pointing Secret Status to the Grade 1 Personal Ensign here on Aug. 24.

"She's been acting fine," Howard said. "Around the barn, you'd never know she's there. We've had her to the gate three days in a row and she's been fine. Hopefully, that was an isolated incident and, hopefully, it won't happen again."

Peeping Tom back in training

Peeping Tom, one of the leading sprinters on the East Coast, returned to trainer Pat Reynolds's barn on Friday to resume training. He came in from Glenmore Farm on Long Island, where he was sent for a freshening following a last-place finish in the Tom Fool Handicap on July 4.

"He looks the same; he looks good," Reynolds said. "He more or less needed a little mental break. We sent him to the track already. He likes Saratoga and he looked the picture of health jogging out there."

Although Peeping Tom has been plagued by foot problems this year, Reynolds said the foot was not a factor in his performance in the Tom Fool. Reynolds thinks the gelding had simply become fatigued from being in training for so long without a break.

Earlier this year, Peeping Tom won the Grade 1 Carter Handicap, the Grade 2 General George Handicap, and the Toboggan.

Reynolds said he wants to point Peeping Tom to the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont on Oct. 27 with one prep in between. Reynolds is considering the Forego Handicap here on Sept. 1 or the Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Sept. 22.

Toscano to return Wednesday

Jockey Paul Toscano, who suffered a bruised toe on his left foot in a bizarre incident in last Friday's final race, took off his mounts Sunday. He was not listed on any mounts Monday, and is expected to honor his three commitments on Wednesday.

Toscano was kicked by Vee Eye Pee, who began buck-jumping less than a sixteenth of mile into the race.

"It was scary," Toscano said. "All you could see were hooves flying all over the place. Everyone was trying to get out of the way. I thought I had cleared him. I was in a lot of pain after he hit me."

None of the horses or other riders were injured in the incident. In fact, Aaron Gryder, who was unseated by Vee Eye Pee, won three races on Saturday's card.

Mott works stakes horses

Monday was a busy day for trainer Bill Mott, who worked King Cugat, Hap, and Dream Supreme on the main track in preparation for their next stakes engagements.

Working for Saturday's $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational, King Cugat was timed in 1:29.02, breezing, for seven furlongs. Hap, preparing for the Arlington Million, worked 1:03.02, breezing, for five furlongs. Dream Supreme, pointing for the $250,000 Ballerina here Aug. 26, was timed in 46.02 seconds, breezing, for a half-mile.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson

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